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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However, when this popped up on Amazon on the cheap, I was powerless to resist, like my dog on a piece of cat shit. She lives in Brighton, England.

But I am ok with being pathetic. Then I started listening to The Plain White T’s, a band whose When was the last time you read a book where you could literally say, “This book has changed my life. 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 pynne if necessary was spelt right something I’m admittedly rather less certain about than the placement of those poor little punctuation marks.

Yeah, we all gotta have good writing skillz. Dec 01, Nastassja rated it liked it Recommends it for: This book is perfect or a bit worrying for grammar and punctuation sticklers. View all 4 comments.

View all 9 comments. Truss, however, writes like one of us. Otherwise it could be read as saying something obscure about how we should tolerate zeros being used as punctuation marks. There are lots of literary examples of certain wr I don’t think I “favourite” many non-fiction books but this book was just brilliant!

How many sons are there one wonders? To certain eyes the misuse of a colon or comma bespeaks an almost immoral vagueness: Even now, I’m obsessing over whether I’m using punctuation correctly in this piece. I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was forbidden. Eatw above the stars of this book, taking a bow; the apostrophe, the comma, the semicolon and shoohs colon, the exclamation mark, the question mark, quotes, various types of brackets, the dash, the ellipsis and the hyphen along with italics.


And realized that I am leavex alone. Ewts, Semicolon and Interjections 5. When the publican asks him what on earth he is doing, he throws a book on to the lymne and growls: Rather you than me, dear.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But at least it keeps the question mark alive so it can’t be all bad? Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.

I never knew exactly how to use these guys, though I had a vague idea — and I must thank Lynne for spelling it all out for me.

Without her, man is nothing. Do we really care that the italic typeface was invented by a geezer called Aldus Manutius the Elder ? This crime landed me on her “black list” for the rest of the year. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Maybe I am being a bit harsh. I’m a non native speaker.

I no longer feel alone. We all know the basics of punctuation.

Interview: Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves | Books | The Guardian

There’s no clear snoots and no clear argument. It’s just a thing. She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim.


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 did not add it because, although Fowler’s Modern English Usage and most Americans suggest I should have added it, Teuss suggests we should only use it if there is a case for calling attention to the last noun in a list. The book tells you the rules, anv is also full of jokes and anecdotes.

A must and an enjoyable read for anyone who cares about our language, for any reader. One minute the semicolon is gracefully joining sentences together in a flattering manner Now, we all know the basics of punctuation.

Why should a book about how to use commas and colons properly have lodged itself at No1 in the Amazon bestseller list? Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in leqves bellies of extreme prescriprivists.

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss | Books | The Guardian

Aug 26, Emma Miss Print rated it liked it Recommends it for: It would be very easy for Ms. My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be. Full of humor and information, it explains some of the easier nuances to abd in a useful and engaging manner. It also makes no allowance for context and audience.