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. The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in.

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No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people’s business.

I meet Lynne Truss at the offices of her small publishing company, Profile Books, where everyone seems in a happy spin about the success of her book on that not-obviously-bestselling topic: Now they don’t bother with the words and just use the question marks, to save time.

I’m undecided as to whether I’m a punctuationally-challenged heathen, or if I qualify as a stickler. If, like me, you read it and get awfully chuffed with yourself for using them almost always correctly, you’ll still want to keep this little gem around, either for back-up in those arguments with other sticklers or punctuation-impaired peopleor for a laugh. Eats, shoots and leaves. This book was a waste of my time. Where do you get balaclavas?

Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extreme prescriprivists. I’m talking about statements?

We know subconsciously, even if not via overt rules, how to use hyphens. A reference to this was made earlier on in the book: Lists with This Book. Topics Reference and languages books. She attempts to gloss this over with an ill-fated attempt at humor, which I’ll address next.

For you I have no feelings whatsoever. Stay in Touch Sign up. When we’re apart I can be forever happy. I learned my punctuation from my mom and copious reading.


Recommended for everyone, even people who are bored shitless by anything to do with writing. This is a book for people who love punctuation and ets upset when it is mishandled.

As mentioned at the beginning of the review and through countless horror stories we have heardan absent or misplaced comma can create havoc with the meaning of a sentence. Ms Truss mentions several famous authors who have tussled with nuances of punctuation, often with ferocity, and there is a bibliography at the end which is over four pages long. Contrary to usual publishing practice, the US edition of the book left the original British conventions intact.

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Have enlisted for the corps. There’s a difference between russian punctuation and english punctuation, and sometimes when I write my reviews, I find it rather hard to determine whether this comma is ok to use in english as I use it in russian.

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

She ests that when she has written about punctuation she gets correspondence that soon veers into passionate complaint about spelling, grammar or pronunciation. Truss tries very hard to be funny, and she is often successful. Also, according to Truss’s own preference for hyphenating adjectival compounds, there surely ought to be a hyphen between “Zero” and “Tolerance”.

Dec 02, Aaron rated it did not like it Shelves: Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the histo I read this last year and as someone who loves words – and punctuation; it was both amusing and informative, in fact I’m making several purposeful mistakes here as I tell you all about how interesting this book was Except that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off. And for those of us who flail around in the gooey morass of more difficult areas of grammar, help is at hand via this wonderful Goodreads group.

It, bored, the pants, off, me frankly. Poor writing, she assumes, is due to primarily to ignorance; she deplores shorthand hsoots for text messages, but fails to consider the utility in that context she doesn’t criticize court stenographers using official shorthand.

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And I just can’t believe I never noticed that the movie Two Weeks Notice doesn’t have an apostrophe which I very nearly typed in myself just nowor that Who Framed Roger Rabbit doesn’t have a question mark. A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Take this to heart. Sep 25, 60 Minutes Buy. 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 exploding with them at the perfect time.

In keeping with the general lighthearted tone of the book, he praises Truss for bringing life back into the art of punctuation, adding, “If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I’d nominate her for sainthood. Well, to adapt Gustave Flaubert’s famous identification with Emma Bovary, ” Adrian Mole, age de treize ans et trois quarts View all 37 comments. Retrieved from ” https: I’ve got two hyphens impersonating a dash and I’ve got colons and semi-colons up there that I’m pretty sure I’m using the right way but can anyone ever be completely sure?

Well, this book definitely helped me to distinguish some of these rules. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior.