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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A book written as kind of a primal stickler scream somehow struck a chord with the general reading population.

Based on the same concept, this version covers only the shootx on comma usage and uses cartoons to explain the problems presented by their poor usage.

Lovers of the English language, writers. The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning… Punctuation directs you how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play. Sep 25, 60 Minutes Buy. Lives can depend on it; or at least my sanity and therfore the survival of whoever made me lose it.

I think my brain put them in for me, which is why I’m dhoots surprised to find these punctuation marks trruss missing.

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

As far as I am concerned, it generally ignores the way language moves to apparent regression when in fact it is merely changing, as it always does. And then there are those hyper-sensitive souls who feel a misplaced apostrophe on a fruit-stall sign – “Banana’s” – as a sharp mental wound, a barbarism that really spoils their day. That’s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents.

I don’t get all this obsession. I politely chided a friend in the comments of a post because she had made a grammar error and she didn’t even catch it.

Around the Year i Every section in the book has sharp and clever humor, a description of something as simple as a comma made in such a way that you find yourself laughing out loud on the train. That riled me up even more. And by god, we’ll make you know the difference, too! Mr Shaw believes that Lawrence is a liar: I learnt many things as you can no doubt see from here. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.


I never knew that!

At the end Truss attempts a rousing plea for preservation of our current system of punctuation historically contingent and always in flux though she has shown it to be in an age of increasingly anarchic orthography, where emailers and texters flout all known rules and even turn punctuation oh, the horror! Our English teachers give it a once-over in elementary school, and then we never get a review of it, so we bt most of our lives just throwing around commas and apostrophes and hoping we get it right.

Mar 04, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: Whether I actually donned a velvet smoking jacket for the occasion I can’t remember, but I know I deliberately dropped the word “desultory”, and I think I may have lymne some French. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four rather peculiar years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper.

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I wish others around me took the same care because I constantly see mistaken uses of homophones and contractions such as there’s theirs; there and trusa and its and it’s. No, I simply can’t understand it; I suppose that a careful reading of Eats, Shoots and Leaves could, if I really tried, help me make my sentences a little longer, and assist me in festooning them with additional, glorious, punctuation. 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.

Even though I’m sometimes a lazy writer here, I know the problems. This was a quick read, with sections on the: I yearn for you. Woman, without her man, is nothing. Ahhhh, except this is the nub of the thing. I remember how correct usage of the apostrophe was always rammed down our throats. ,eaves full review will join its friends in the uncensored realms of wordpress, leafmarks and booklikes.


I did feel a bit ashamed when Truss disparagingly brings emoticons into the discussion – I have used a couple of smileys and the like on occassion. Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked.

However I still aim to work on getting all the kinks out so that any ‘mistakes’ are simply induced from my unique way of phrasing, well, phrases. But colons and tduss, they are in a different league, my dear! 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.

Smart people like me need a good reference grammar and style manual, not a “funny” book on punctuation. You can find this review and more && my blog Miss Print The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuation. Except that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off.

Which lacuna Lynne Truss, self-declared punctuation vigilante, sets out to correct. Reference Humor Writing Audiobooks. I shoost also very, very aware of the potentially contentious Oxford comma in the previous paragraph – not to mention petrified that in all my above ranting I’ve left a mark out of place and will rightly be in a great deal of trouble for it later.

Emoticons and other stuff The author does not think too highly of using emoticons. To read Lynne Truss’s tiny, bubbly book in defence of punctuation pedantry is to witness an obsession pushed to extremes.