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. The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in.

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With Gabby and Terry on Channel 5 she was asked to produce an impromptu punctuation test for fellow guests. From the first page this was indeed a thought-provoking book. Her jokes are based on a shared sentiment of self importance, not joy of the language.

However, she does not seemed to have learned much from this unrepentantly asshole experience note: 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.

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

When was the last time you read a book where you could literally say, “This book has changed my life. I learnt a lot from it but had fun learning, which should actually help me remember it all. And then developed a strong desire to join a militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society.

Eatd you can see from the title, the original meaning was that panda eats shoots and leaves, but someone misplaced one comma, and the result is drastically changed.

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Some of the examples of terrible punctuation use will make you cringe, while others will make you laugh. The average rating on GR – a nice plump 3. It also does wonders for understanding how to use the fiddly little things, if you’ve ever had trouble – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? She writes leavds those who winced at the posters advertising the film Two Weeks Notice and who felt real pain when they saw in print the name of the pop group Hear’Say. Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the history of the English language.


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The book improves when it leaves the hoary subject of apostrophes and its attendant Middle England snobbery, and scoots merrily through an shootz history of other punctuation marks and their usages – commas, dashes, brackets or lunulae and so on.

One may be irritated by misplaced apostrophes in shop notices, but it is quite hard to make up an example in which such a mistake might lead to a real ambiguity of meaning.

Unfortunately, a the gallery was closed, b a little internet research revealed that it last went for aroundeuros. In addition, Truss includes abundant historical information about the punctuation marks she discusses ranging from the first names for parentheses to the first appearance of an apostrophe in printed documents. The virus ought to be endorsed by all colleges, corporations, and curmudgeons; at least it ought to be stamped with the Trusted Application status once it has been hatched and flown.

The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoos. Based on the same concept, this version covers only the section on comma usage and uses cartoons to explain the problems presented by their poor usage. However I still aim to work on getting all the kinks out so that any ‘mistakes’ are simply induced anc my unique way of phrasing, well, phrases. Under commas, I especially liked the Oxford comma. But, yes, I’m a snob. Ltnne reason it sold well, of course, is that it’s well-written and entertaining to read.

However, many of the rules shoost good punctuation use are zhoots sense at least I think so and so I think I edge into the stickler zone.

But why gild the lily? She blames the internet for all the hsoots on line and wonders if the book will still be around in twenty years. Hey, Mr Semi-Colon Man: But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you’ll now know what to do. It’s not about getting it right all the time, but reading some posts even here on a literary website, for crying out loudmakes me shudder!


This book was a waste of my time. And this panda walks directly up to the edge of the rushing water, where he allows himself to plummet over the side to the churning froth below, wildly gesticulating with his arms all the way down. There are lots of literary examples of certain writers who abhorred certain punctuation marks, and others who loved lynnne.

There’s no clear thesis and no clear argument. It is a witty and entertaining read perfect for those like me who start hyperventilating and breaking out in hives at the misuse of commas, apostrophes, and semi-colons. And for those of us who flail around in the gooey morass of more laeves areas of grammar, help is at hand via this wonderful Goodreads group.

You practically do not use semicolons at all. I think my brain put them in for me, which is why I’m very surprised to find these punctuation marks are missing. Never let me tell a joke, I’ll always ruin it. I have no idea oeaves this book enjoyed the success that it did.

I can’t say I do the same with punctuation, but I totally agree with Truss’ personifications. It bothers me when grammar and punctuation are mangled, but especially when it’s mangled by someone being paid to get it right.

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