Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is. When Eats, Shoots & Leaves came out, and people wanted to know the story. Eats, Shoots & Leaves has ratings and reviews. I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason. After reading Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Steven Poole concludes that punctuation should be a help, not a hindrance.

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Her case suffers from constant overstatement, perhaps exemplified by the joke leavss a panda to which the title is the punchline, which is too tedious to rehearse here but which depends on an entirely implausible punctuation mistake. Aug 12, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was forbidden.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Talk to the Hand: Something that most kids do with reasonable efficiency by about the age of However, many of the rules of good punct Tduss undecided as to whether I’m a punctuationally-challenged heathen, or if I qualify as a stickler. Lynne Truss in this book deals only with punctuation – that thin layer of tasty icing on top llynne the vast, dense, impenetrable cake that is grammar.

However, there are plenty of other examples, some well-known, some obscure, of how punctuation can affect a sentence lynje turn its meaning completely on its head. Take this little nugget from page This was a quick read, with sections on the: Which is of course something I look forward to exploring at university this year. Well, she did clear up one long-standing doubt: When we’re apart I can be forever happy.

In the last millennium or so, marks have been added, changed and removed over shooots as necessity dictated. Sanctimonious prudery that doesn’t even get everything right, smartly gutted by Louis Menand in a withering New Yorker review.

That would be a completely different book. It’s no surprise this short but sweet book is a best-seller. Truss dedicates the book “to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers of St. Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to fruss and I don’t agree with her about everything. In the last week alone, I’ve edited recent posts over and over again — correcting tense and errant apostrophes. In shopts book’s final chapter, she opines on the importance of maintaining punctuation rules and addresses the damaging effects of email and the Internet on punctuation.


Though I know that evenin’s empire has returned into sand; Vanished from my hand; Left me blindly here, to stand, but still not sleeping; My weariness amazes me; I’m branded on my feet; I have no one to meet; And the ancient, empty street’s too dead for dreaming. Evens are you might like it all the same. Every section in the book has sharp and clever humor, a description lynn something as simple eata a comma made in such a way that you find yourself laughing out loud on the train.

That is until Truss mentioned one of my favorite movies “Two Weeks Notice”pointing out that the title should be “Two Weeks’ Notice”. Other people will undoubtedly find their own unexpected freedoms. lynnee

Up the colon

I’m sure it says more about them – poor, unenlightened souls – than it does about me; for some reason, in particular, very few people understand what a wonderful punctuation mark the semi-colon is, and that it can, and very often should, be used to replac I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon.

There is a certain melancholy comedy in her image of scribblers in thrall to semicolon addiction: After a certain amount of research, I assume this is the joke? To certain eyes the misuse of a colon or comma bespeaks an almost immoral vagueness: I thoroughly enjoyed this short, funny book about British punctuation.

As you can see lyjne the title, the original meaning was that panda eats shoots and leaves, but someone misplaced one comma, and the result is drastically changed. Four out of five stars. No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people’s business. Well, yes and no.


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

I replied to her childish letter on grown-up deckled green paper with a fountain pen. There is one chapter each on apostrophes ; commas ; semicolons and colons ; exclamation marksquestion marks and quotation marks ; italic typedashesbracketsellipses and emoticons ; and the last one on hyphens.

I’ve been told off by my dyslexic -I really can be an awful person partner for rearranging his commas when in fact all he wanted to know dammit is if necessary was spelt right something I’m admittedly rather less certain about than the placement of those poor little punctuation marks. I like the smiley in IM conversations; I hate it in email. Even if you know the basics, Truss has a few tricks up her sleeve that are sure to give your writing a little extra flair.

It’s fun, easy to read, explains clearly and humourously, and would make far superior reading to most dull textbooks. The bad email is going to seriously hamper this relationship.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

But Truss does make distinctions between American and British usages which are very helpful, and interesting too. Incidentally, did you know an exclamation mark is ewts a dog’s cock in some circles?

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This is a delightful screed on the demise of punctuation in contemporary expression. From the first page this was indeed a thought-provoking book.

I normally avoid colons and semi-colons but I feel like she’s given me a greater understanding of them. I suppose this is somewhat pedantic? This is something I never expected to have in my personal library, that’s for sure.

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