Seperation between multiple dates. Whats the correct grammar for this? For multiple dates, does one separate them with a semicolon or a comma? Example:  Your scheduled car services are: January 2nd,...

Seperation between multiple dates. Whats the correct grammar for this?

For multiple dates, does one separate them with a semicolon or a comma?

Example: 

Your scheduled car services are: January 2nd, 2009; March 3rd, 2009; June 2nd, 2009 and September 10th, 2009.

Or is it:

Your scheduled car services are:  January 2nd, 2009, March 3rd, 2009, June 2nd, 2009 and September 10th, 2009.

And if I'm wrong in both accounts, then I have no idea!

Thanks,

Daniel

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Dessert is spelled with two esses (ss) because you always want more of it!!  (As opposed to a desert full of sand, of course.)

Just another few words about semi-colons.  Any time there is a list with complications, semi-colons must be used to separate them for clear understanding.  Think of a list of cities and states:

I want to visit Provo, Utah, Reno, Nevada, and Ames, Iowa. 

As written, this looks like a list of six things.  Instead, write:

I want to visit Provo, Utah; Reno, Nevada; and Ames, Iowa.

Remember that punctuation is rules, but the intent or the goal of punctuation is to promote...

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Dear auntie Lori,

Re dessert/desert, you might want to add that in the idiomatic phrase "They got their just deserts" (often misspelled as "desserts") they want no more of it as it may be sufficient punishment in the sense of "good riddance". In other words, it's what they deserved... Cheers from Java, Frank

Q: I was watching an Indonesian movie set in the late 19th century, in which an Englishman said, "Hullo! Long time, no see..." Was this a common expression in those days? Somehow it sounds like a more recent coinage to me.

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