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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This book is a witty rant about the use and misuse of punctuation. She lumps improper shoits in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim.

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

Retrieved from ” https: Maybe it’s because I suffer from a lack of punctuation know-how! The tiny marks that make the written English word behave the way it does have come to us along a remarkable number of paths. The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

But in many ways this eahs is for huge fans of punctuation.

Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extr Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the histo I read this last year and as someone who loves words – and punctuation; it was both amusing and informative, in fact I’m making several purposeful mistakes here as I tell you all about how interesting this book was A love of literature?

That’s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents. That’s the death call for expository writing and defeats the entire purpose of writing the book.


Around the Year i Here, I was a bit worried about the dash — I tend to use it in lieu of the colon quite a lot — but the author set my mind at rest assuring me that it is perfectly legitimate. My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be. Take this little nugget from page A colon is nearly always preceded by a complete sentence, and in its simplest usage it rather theatrically announces what is to come.

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It’s no surprise this short but sweet book is a best-seller. Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks.

But seriously now, the poor apostrophe is being so mistreated – can this book be made essential reading in schools? ,ynne with This Book.

Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to punctuation, of all things, is that it was popular with people who weren’t English teachers.

Stay in Touch Sign up. It was, at least, educational information and, at most, spiced with funny examples. I think she must have produced the least funny attempt at humor in British publication in the last years. It’s very accessible and as entertaining as a book on punctuation can be. But why gild the lily?

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,eaves that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off. The book improves when it leaves the hoary subject of apostrophes and its attendant Middle England snobbery, and scoots merrily through an attenuated history of other punctuation marks and their usages – commas, dashes, brackets or lunulae and so on.


The vast difference shots a sentence like, “The convict said the judge is mad” and “The convict, said the judge, is mad” should be enough by itself to illustrate how important proper punctuation is.

There’s no clear thesis and no clear argument. Mar 04, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Truzs I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was forbidden.

Mastering punctuation means controlling your language, which is controlling your thoughts.

However, when this popped up on Amazon on the cheap, I was powerless to resist, like my dog on a piece of cat shit. My transgression – in my wide-eyed seven-year-old innocence I dared to correct my very Soviet teacher on her comma placement and a spelling mistake. I’m not a stickler, mind, but I do know when ylnne aren’t written properly and there are certain crimes against grammar that I just can’t abide. The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to pu This is how I know I’m a real English teacher – I have a shelf dedicated to books just about English.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

However, there are plenty of other exam This joke, I think, is fairly well known: People who are not like you trusd to being useless and inferior. It’s unacceptable, since I am not a famous author who can break the rules with impunity.

You see how this kind of thing is catching? The bad email is going to seriously hamper this relationship.

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