Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor... show more
We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled.
From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.
Publish date: 12-04-2004
Pages no: 209
Edition language: English
I first discovered Lynne Truss and her writing when visiting England. I was poking around in a bookshop run by a woman who had quite possibly the most sour disposition I've ever encountered in anyone surrounded by books. Maybe she loved all the books so much she didn't want anyone to take them awa...
I confess: I frequently find myself self-conscious about my use of punctuation. A few years back, I even bought a copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, but have yet to read more than a chapter or two at a time before discovering something else to do, even if it’s bathing the dog. Simila...
For all you grammar geeks out there, this is a must read book. The writing style is quick and witty and very engaging. Ms. Truss clears up all sorts of punctuation issues, while also providing some interesting history on the origins of some of the marks we take for granted; a lot of my own punctua...
A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons. "Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his ...
I don’t know why this book sold so well in America. It’s not like we have a shortage of grammarian authors—we have Grammar Girl! And it’s not like the author even professes to be a grammarian (she was kidding about not knowing what a subordinate clause was, right?). From reading this book, I believe...