I'm really trying to tune my punctuation skills up--or lack thereof. There's still so much confusing me, though. My current punctuation problem is thus: The use of a colon. I thought I knew how to properly use a colon. In my reading, though, I'm starting to notice it used for a purpose that is still ambiguous to me. The following is an excerpt from the author Kennedy Fraser: I was especially grateful for the secret, shameful things about these women--the pain: the abortion and misalliances... Why does she put that colon there? If I were to place something from my limited bag of knowledge, I'd certainly use a semi-colon without a second thought.