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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What’s nice about Eats, Shoots and Leaves is that it’s not a dry read. Some of the examples of terrible punctuation use will make you cringe, while others will make you laugh.

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Truss has illustrated that there is a time and place for the dash and double-dash in all good literature. Recommended for everyone, even people who are bored shitless by anything to do with writing.

That’s the death call for expository writing and defeats the entire purpose of writing the book. Add to Cart Add to Cart. To be serious Leavs must say that this book was enjoyable first and foremost. She just sees glaring errors everywhere: I learnt a lot from it but had fun learning, which should actually help me remember it all.

That’s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents. Having paid money for it oftenwe have a sense of investment and a pride of ownership, not to mention a feel of general virtue.

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

Ahoots you ever felt a surge of rage at those who do not understand the difference between contractions, possessives, and plurals, then this book will be like a breath of fresh air for you.

I don’t get all this obsession. It tells us when to speed up and slow down, which points need to be stressed and given special attention, and which points like this one can be safely disregarded, if one so chooses. However, she gave punctuation and grammar a voice, and, however briefly, made people think about language, leavez and meaning, which is certainly good.


Or people just haven’t bothered to learn. I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic. Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. Which would be sad What does an Aussie bloke have in common with a wombat?

However, there are plenty of other examples, some well-known, some obscure, of how punctuation can affect a sentence and turn its meaning completely on its head.

Where do you get balaclavas? Colon, Semicolon and Interjections 5. I don’t think I “favourite” many non-fiction books but this book was just brilliant! View all 24 comments. To be honest, I never heard the panda joke until this book came out. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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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 bad email is going to seriously hamper this relationship. What I mean, is that this is not some dry reference book – and the panda joke on the back cover prepares you for that. In addition to gripes about the slovenly way that we write, Truss offers some history on punctuation.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Based on the same concept, this version covers only the section on comma usage and uses cartoons to explain the problems presented by their poor usage.

The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use. I’ve been told off by my dyslexic -I really can be an awful person partner for rearranging his commas when in fact all he wanted to know dammit is if necessary was spelt right something I’m admittedly rather less certain about than the placement of those poor little punctuation marks. The bills will, of course, go to the aforementioned teacher.


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Apr 11, Pages Buy. Hear that staccato cello? But, yes, I’m a snob.

Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way. Incidentally, someone actually gifted me this book, because they know I have lofty degrees and figured this might be a good book for smart people.

View all 17 comments. Maybe it’s because I’m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can’t get shoots worked up about it. I could go on, but blessedly space forbids.

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

And while Truss’ tone may often be light and playful even a little frivolousthis book is hip-deep in interesting historical background, usages and common mistakes, and entertaining examples of real-life punctuation boo-boos that, if you care at all, will actually make you tense up in indignation. A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live. Bad punctuation can force an innocent animal to live outside the law.

Apr 12, Pages. I generally love British humor and I’m familiar with a fair amount of British comedy movies, shows, and writing.

The author enumerates six, and after reading them, I was feeling that they were pretty self-evident — before I admitted to myself that I had not thought about it in that way before Lynne told me.

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