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.

Author: Arabei Guhn
Country: Seychelles
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 1 July 2012
Pages: 260
PDF File Size: 9.51 Mb
ePub File Size: 3.50 Mb
ISBN: 232-3-43029-631-1
Downloads: 61979
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zolojinn

Unfortunately, a the gallery was closed, b a little internet research revealed that it last went for aroundeuros. Which is of course something I look forward to exploring at university this year.

According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”. Mar 04, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Except that’s not wats it cause the grammar is off.

There were times I couldn’t really understand the author and her etas love with punctuation, and considering the punctuation mark in the wrong place almost an unforgivable crime.

I read this book a very long time ago and about the only thing I remember about it is a cartoon of nine live Roman soldiers and one dead one lying on the ground beside them. I’ve been known to spend a good hour or more obsessing over the placement of a comma, a semi-colon, a hyphen, a dash.


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

View all 24 comments. We pat pat pat ourselves on the back with being so in accord with this funny woman and her nit-picking usage of grammar. It’s all an outrage to her and she throws in wonderful anecdotes to illustrate her point of view. And had a very enjoyable few hours reading the creation of a fellow grammar stickler. So say the MCPs.

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss | Books | The Guardian

I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. Having paid money for it oftenwe have a sense of investment and a pride of ownership, not to mention a feel of general virtue.

Well, start waving and yelling, because it is the so-called Oxford comma also known as the serial comma and it is a lot more dangerous than its exclusive, ivory-tower moniker might suggest. May 04, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

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. The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss | : Books

This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuation. The full stop, though a very important member of the contingent above, is not given special treatment because it performs a self-evident role. The use of italics. She proclaims, 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.


But Truss becomes outraged at bby solecisms, lamenting the name of the pop group Hear’Say, pouncing on suspiciously anonymous newspaper headlines with missing apostrophes, and even telling us how she demonstrated outside a cinema showing the film Two Weeks [sic] Notice, with a large cardboard apostrophe on a stick.

When I pynne a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I’m filled with anxiety over that first email: There is a certain melancholy comedy in her image of scribblers in thrall to semicolon addiction: I vividly recall learning English grammar at school.

Recommended to Kathrynn by: The book is a well-mixed combination of history, usage and style.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your sandwich! Eats, shoots and leaves. But, yes, I’m a snob.

The positive of misspelling will always be the humour I can find in it at least. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it.