Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781592400874
9781592403912
Branch Call Number: 428.2 TRU 2004
Characteristics: 209 p
Additional Contributors: Byrnes, Pat

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Janice21383
Sep 28, 2017

If we had a dollar for every grammatical error we see daily, we would be rich, rich! But unfortunately, my plan for a system of language abuse fines went nowhere.* However, Lynne Truss's little book is here to set us straight. More a diatribe than an instructional book (Strunk & White's Elements of Style still sets the standard -- and is available online), Truss explains not only what is correct, but also why it matters to get it right. *One error I would fine for is mixing up "it's" and "its". I am probably preaching to the choir here, but "it's" is short for "it is". And like "yours", "its" is possessive, and means "belonging to it". No need to stick in an apostrophe. Got it? Because no one believes excuses about your autocorrect messing that up.

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KayALDes
Aug 22, 2017

If you love grammar and you love to laugh you will love this book!

AL_RACHEL Feb 01, 2017

It never surprises me how an honest perspective can be totally amusing. The author is fiercely passionate and gives several excellent examples of why good punctuation is still important.

twinston781 Dec 04, 2014

Grammarians and layfolk alike will appreciate this humorous look at common English punctuation errors.

geniusgirl613 Jun 24, 2013

I absolutely LOVE Lynne Truss! She is an amazing example of how one lone stickler, "feebly armed with an apostrophe on a stick," can make an enormous impact on the entire world. Her hilarious and witty sense of humor, coupled with her righteous cause, create an utterly fabulous book about the perils of ignoring punctuation and its rules.

JCLHopeH Jun 11, 2013

Truss is British, passionate, and funny, and her book spoke to my inner grammar nerd. Proponents of the Oxford comma and other lovely but misused or neglected punctuation will cheer and get a good laugh at the same time.

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Albertasaurus
Dec 16, 2011

Great but only for grammar geeks - I love the English language in all its idiosyncrasies – it’s good to learn about the history of punctuation - I’m a true believer and, like the author, I’m irritated beyond measure by bad grammar, including punctuation, in books, newspapers, etc. - I think that the tweeters, texters and all others who think punctuation is irrelevant should read this book - it's not difficult, it’s humourous – what's not to love?

hermlou Nov 07, 2011

It's hard to believe that a book about punctuation could be a best-seller, but this one is. Part of the reason is her writing style, for example: "Cruelty to punctuation is quite unlegislated: you can get away with pulling the legs off semicolons; shrivelling question marks on the garden path under a powerful magnifying glass; you name it."

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TheSponge
Apr 08, 2011

Sticklers, unite!

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seaspirit
Mar 11, 2008

Humourous book about punctuation. Very entertaining as well as educational

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SarahFly
Jun 20, 2014

No matter that you have a PhD and have read all of Henry James twice. If you still persist in writing, "Good food at it's best", you deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave. p.44

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