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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However, many of the rules of good punct I’m undecided as to soots I’m a punctuationally-challenged heathen, or if I qualify as a stickler. Have enlisted for the corps. Even if you know the basics, Truss has a few tricks up her sleeve that are sure to give your writing a little extra flair.

It is this joke that this book takes its title from — trusss it is not mentioned in this book. I can’t say I do the same with punctuation, but I totally agree with Truss’ personifications. View all 14 comments. Think of an old guy yelling at a bunch of kids to get off his lawn. Apr 11, Pages Buy. Open Preview See a Problem?

The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use. In keeping with the general lighthearted tone of the book, he praises Truss for bringing life back into the art lybne punctuation, adding, “If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I’d nominate her for sainthood.

I could go on, but blessedly space forbids. So if I can know this stuff, you can as well.

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In the jingle, jangle morning, I’ll come, followin’ you. From the Compact Disc edition. She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim.

I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic. 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 lnne use a semicolon.


I don’t think I “favourite” many non-fiction books but this book was just brilliant! See that comma-shaped shark fin ominously slicing through the waves in this direction? 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.

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

I’m undecided as to whether I’m a punctuationally-challenged heathen, or if I qualify as a stickler. Now, with the internet, eatx punctuation appears to be taking a back seat. And this panda walks directly up to the edge of the rushing water, where he allows himself to plummet over the side to the churning froth below, wildly gesticulating with his arms all the way down.

My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be. For other men I yearn! I’m a non native speaker. && it could be read as saying something obscure about how we should tolerate zeros being used as punctuation marks.

Her jokes are based on a shared sentiment of self importance, not joy of the language. It was exceedingly painful at the time, because the teacher was rather boring and this carried over to the class. I think she must have produced the least funny attempt at humor in British publication in the last years. No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people’s business.

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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. Well, this book definitely helped bt to distinguish some of these rules.

I already appreciate and like punctuation – so really what I got out of this was a history lesson and a future warning that if we continue on our txtbsd way, that our punctuation may go the way of the Dodo bird. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons. Ahhhh, except this is the nub of the thing. But truds and semicolons—well, they are in a different league, my dear!


Yes, Truss is talking about punctuation. What I’m saying is: In fact I tend on the whole to often humorously correct such misspellings and incorrect uses of language procedures. About Lynne Truss Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked.

Eats, shoots and leaves.

And if we are to be brutally honest, her regular quotations from others who have written on this subject – true giants such as Eric Fowler, Kingsley Amis or George Bernard Shaw – serve only to show that pedantry works best when allied to an economical wit and rock-solid prose, rather than Truss’s own consistent style of ljnne whimsy, which becomes oppressive even in such a brief book.

Truss is a Brit and the usages have not been modified for the American edition of the book. Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. It’s fun, easy to read, lymne clearly and humourously, and would make far superior reading to most dull textbooks. View all 39 comments. I have those books on my shelves as well, and nothing this side of a double shot of NyQuil is as good at getting me off into slumberland.

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. It’s professional development, or something.

The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to punctuation, of all things, is that it was popular with people who weren’t English teachers.

Lynne Truss does a fantastic job of putting ahead her case for punctuation; I, for one, am convinced. A book written as kind of a primal stickler scream somehow struck a chord with the general reading population.