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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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Reference Humor Writing Audiobooks. She also makes references to the printed word: 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.

I really don’t see what all the fuss was about this book–the author didn’t seem particularly knowledgeable, and her “zero-tolerance” approach seems to do more to promote intolerance than to snd clarity.

If you’re going to use words, I want you to have a way with them. Through sloppy usage and low standards on east Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was forbidden. Perhaps there is some hope for our species after all We all know the basics of punctuation.

Death to the otiose comma

Woman, without her man, is nothing. I’ve had to re-read this review a couple of times just to make sure there aren’t any punctuation mistakes in it! Punctuation, in other words, invites you to give careful consideration to the meaning of what you are saying.

Another thing I appreciated was that, this book having been written by lyynne Brit, it hasn’t been Americanised. But in many ways this book is for huge fans of punctuation. I never knew exactly how to use these guys, though I had a vague idea — and I must thank Lynne snd spelling it all out for me.

I’m an ellipses junkie!

Here, I felt on safe ground — most of the things she said jelled with me. She also has a friendly dig at Australians and our tendency to turn statements into questions, which the British fans of Neighbours have picked up, leavez to her chagrin: This book is a must-read for all the grammar and punctuation sticklers out there.


Will you let me be? Lives can depend on it; or at least my sanity and therfore the survival of whoever made me lose it.

It went something like and I am the worst person at re-telling jokes, I always forget bits. Lists with This Book. I normally avoid colons and semi-colons but I feel like she’s given me a greater understanding of them.

Oct 30, Michael Gardner rated it it was amazing. Furthermore, she tries to come across as appealing to everyone and treating her targets with cautious respect, but she ends up just taking cheap shots at greengrocers, teenagers, and the illiterate fear of losing language to the barbarians. The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise.

Sep 12, Kathrynn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And, as a bit of a “stickler” myself, very welcome too. Or, A woman, without her man, is nothing.

I yearn for you. It seems that there is no hard and fast rule on comma usage, though there are correct and incorrect ways of placing it.

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She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim. In the last millennium or so, marks have been added, changed and removed over time as necessity dictated. From the Compact Disc edition. Yes, but without becoming “a grumpy old curmudgeon”.

You might wonder to what end. This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuati. 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 necessary things they are.

Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel right, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”.


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View all 9 comments. Her jokes are based on a shared sentiment of self importance, not joy of the language. With more thancopies of her book in print in her native England, Lynne Truss is ready to rally the troops on this side of the pond with her rousing cry, Sticklers unite! We have in russian similar phrase and even a wonderful cartoon “In the country of unlearned lessons” about it. The princess’s dress isn’t looking its best; let’s phone Harrods and ask for the ladies’ department.

Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extr Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. View all 8 comments. I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon. I never knew that! Want to Read saving…. However, she does not seemed to have learned much from this unrepentantly asshole experience note: Sometimes it was annoying to read all the author’s hysterics about misuse of it.

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In addition, Truss includes abundant historical information about the punctuation marks she discusses ranging from the first names for parentheses to the first appearance of an apostrophe in printed documents. In her book, Talk to the HandTruss acknowledges some of the criticism, obliquely admitting that much of it is warranted. Grammar nerds and punctuation sticklers. Truss makes me feel a little stuffy about caring about such things but there is definitely a comfort in knowing I’m not alone.