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.

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View all 6 comments. You see how this kind of thing is catching? Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the history of the English language.

Which is of course something I look forward to exploring at university this year. This book is a witty rant about the use and misuse of punctuation.

This is a first book in a while I read in russian. Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Have enlisted for the corps.

Our English teachers give it a once-over in elementary school, and then we never get a review of it, so we spend most of our lives just throwing around commas and apostrophes and hoping we get it right.

A love of literature? 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. I have to share this letter. But Truss becomes outraged at such 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.

Then put that sentence in really good grammar, and that is this book. Topics Reference and languages books. 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. I’ve had to re-read this review a couple of times just to make sure there aren’t any punctuation mistakes in it!


All about you are peaves, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. And then developed a strong desire to join a militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society. I think my brain put them in for me, which is why I’m very surprised to find these punctuation marks are missing. I’m talking about statements? A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near oynne where I live.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Petersburg who, indemanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution “; she added this dedication as an afterthought after finding the factoid in a speech from a oeaves.

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 xhoots things shooots are. Take this to heart. Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Some of Truss’s departures from punctuation norms are just British laxness. However, many of the rules of good punctuation use are common sense at least I think so and so I think I edge into the stickler zone.

It’s just a thing. But to master punctuation means more than just being a pedant and a nerd.

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The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise. I’ve been known to throw an extra comma where it doesn’t belong, and when I’m furiously typing, the “there”, “their” and “they’re” usage can get hairy.


I don’t get all this obsession. Lynn Truss laments the misuse of our punctuation marks, and the possible future demise of a couple, such as the semi-colon. Yes I really enjoyed this book: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

Take this little nugget from page She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. She does explain the main uses of the punctuation marks for anyone wanting a quick refresher course. View all 9 comments. There was some really interesting info in here, and I especially liked the historical info regarding invention and usage of punctuation over time.

A colon is nearly always preceded by a complete sentence, and bg its simplest usage it rather theatrically announces what is to come.

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. Recommended to Kathrynn by: Smart people like me need a good reference grammar and style manual, not a “funny” book on punctuation.

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Looking for More Great Reads? But Truss does make distinctions between American and British usages which are very helpful, and interesting too.

Grammar nerds and punctuation sticklers.