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How does one correctly use a semicolon?

I was wondering if the following was the correct usage of a semicolon or if a comma is more apt for this use.

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This, this, and this are related ;-) – Daniel Jul 25 '11 at 17:36
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The semicolon is not incorrect; a semicolon separates phrases that stand on their own, like in your sentence and this one. A comma would be incorrect (run-on).

However, I would suggest that a colon would be your best choice in this sentence, because the first clause appears to introduce and point to the second.

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