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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
I no longer feel alone. To be serious I must say that this book was enjoyable first and foremost. Lynne Truss in this bo This book is a witty rant about the use and misuse of punctuation.
The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. I normally avoid colons and semi-colons but I feel like she’s given me a greater understanding of them.
That would be a completely different book. Jul 11, John Beeler rated it did not like it. In one Agatha Christie novel, the whole mystery hung upon where ljnne emphasis in a sentence was placed: May I read excerpts from this book?
Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss | Books | The Guardian
Maybe it’s because I’m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can’t get all worked up about it. Well, this book definitely helped me to distinguish some of these rules. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Even now, I’m obsessing over whether I’m using punctuation correctly in this piece. I appreciated most the history of punctuation she peppered throughout the book along with her very dry British humor and the delight with which she plays with her own writing, saving the colon and semi-colon until she is actually talking about them; keeping the hyphen and dash under-wraps and then ahoots with them at the perfect time.
The tiny marks that make the written English word behave the lgnne it does have come to us along a remarkable number of paths. I could very well have written underused in the previous sentence, but I decided to take the advice of Lynne and use the cute little connector.
The vast difference between 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. Emoticons I thoroughly enjoyed this short, funny book about British punctuation. 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.
And it is a must in some cases: But, most sticklers for punctuation that I know are people who want to lord their intelligence over other people, but don’t have much to recommend their intelligence other than a knowledge of when to use a semicolon. Do you recommend this book to a non-native speaker? Contrary to usual publishing practice, the US edition of the book left the original British conventions intact.
Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel right, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in this mess!
I learnt a lot from it but had fun learning, which should actually help me remember it all.
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 truuss have used some French. Have I left my sentence hanging on a cliff-edge with a poorly placed dash?
One minute the semicolon is gracefully joining sentences together in a flattering manner It’s an easy-going, ironic book, full of tongues-in-cheeks and witticisms and lnne – intelligent puns. May 30, Cecily rated it liked it Shelves: This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
In a language like Shoofs, so dependent on rhythm, timing and stress, punctuation is the substitute for our voice. This book was a waste of my time.
I can’t say I do the same with punctuation, but I totally agree with Truss’ personifications. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we xhoots made proper punctuation an endangered species.