Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It's a book about punctuation. Punctuation, if you don't mind! (I hesitated over that exclamation mark, and it's all her doing.) The book is so. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. LYNNE TRUSS. Foreword by Frank McCourt. Publisher's Note. Preface. XV xvii. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation? Certainly not its modest if.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Who would have thought a book about punctuation Eats, Shoots and Leaves - site edition by Lynne Truss. PDF | 5+ minutes read | On Feb 1, , Barry Pless and others published Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. LYNNE TRUSS. P. PROFILE BOOKS. First published in Great Britain in.
Clare Dignall. Plot Perfect: Paula Munier. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation? Certainly not its modest if indignant author, who began her surprise hit motivated by "horror" and "despair" at the current state of British usage: But this spirited and wittily instructional little volume, which was a U.
A self-professed "stickler," Truss recommends that anyone putting an apostrophe in a possessive "its"-as in "the dog chewed it's bone"-should be struck by lightning and chopped to bits.
Employing a chatty tone that ranges from pleasant rant to gentle lecture to bemused dismay, Truss dissects common errors that grammar mavens have long deplored often, as she readily points out, in isolation and makes elegant arguments for increased attention to punctuation correctness: All rights reserved.
This impassioned manifesto on punctuation made the best-seller lists in Britain and has followed suit here. Journalist Truss gives full rein to her "inner stickler" in lambasting common grammatical mistakes.
Asserting that punctuation "directs you how to read in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play," Truss argues wittily and with gusto for the merits of preserving the apostrophe, using commas correctly, and resurrecting the proper use of the lowly semicolon. Filled with dread at the sight of ubiquitous mistakes in store signs and headlines, Truss eloquently speaks to the value of punctuation in preserving the nuances of language.
Liberally sprinkling the pages with Briticisms "Lawks-a-mussy" and moving from outright indignation to sarcasm to bone-dry humor, Truss turns the finer points of punctuation into spirited reading. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Fourth Estate May 26, Publication Date: May 26, Language: English ISBN Enabled X-Ray: Literary Fiction.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. I really did want to like this book. However, first of all, it's mean spirited. I'm a stickler, and I'm comfortable with that.
But I do not need to see those who are not sticklers put down and repeatedly called illiterate in order to feel better about myself. And that's not the only problem. It is appalling to see someone who is belittling others for their ignorance then point out that she herself is not a grammarian and believes that knowledge of subordinate clauses "is not a prerequisite for caring about where a bracket is preferred to a dash, or a comma needs to be replaced by a semicolon.
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You also need grammar to understand that commas should not be between the verb and its direct object, between a preposition and its object, etc. Without a firm understanding of grammar, it is impossible to even discuss why a comma should or should not be in a particular place in a sentence. I don't ordinarily go around pointing this out about someone's writing in reviews, but since the entire purpose here is to discuss punctuation, it seems appropriate.
She also makes a huge deal about some movie called Two Weeks Notice and how she feels that the title needed an apostrophe. Again, knowledge of grammar comes in handy here: All in all, I'm not happy with this book, and I wish I had checked it out from the library instead of downloading it. Paperback Verified download. Instructive at times. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at a book.
She has some really clever insight into grammar without being overcome by cynicism.
It is interesting to read about the state of grammar in the UK as well. It really defies the stereotype that many Americans have about Brits being stuffy and proper all the time.
Even though it isn't a grammar guide, she does offer some tips on usage. I was pleased she clarified the semicolon and colon issue and included several examples.
But if you enjoy reading about grammar for fun at all, you'll probably enjoy this book. And even if not, you still might appreciate her witty and sardonic style. And yes, she probably would disapprove of me starting my sentences with "and" Audio CD Verified download.
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My mistake was fortuitous and I have never been happier. The audio format CD is a pure delight to listen to as I commute to and from work each day.
The people who made the disc did a wonderful job. Very interesting as well as entertaining. I will download more audio books after this one. Love the book!
One would not expect a book on grammar and punctuation to be hilarious, but Truss brings laughter to almost every page. As one of those annoying people who cannot help but point out grammatical errors in public print menus and grocers and ebooks, oh my!
I only wish she had provided her email address, so I could share with her the most egregious of the sign-errors I see every day. Every Grammar-phile should read this book, and keep it on her person for constant reference.
Non Grammar-philes should read this book to learn the love of clarity in writing - and to pick up tools with which to defend it. You, too, could be one of those annoying people, confronting the abuse of quotation marks in greengrocers everywhere!
It's refreshing to read a book by an author who has such an obvious love of written language and all its nuances. To make it even better, Ms Truss has infused the entire work with wit and humor.
I especially liked the way she was able to weave in a sense of the history of punctuation and its impact on written English, and I share her concern for the future of all these points, stops, and marks. This is a book to savor again and again. Hardcover Verified download. If you have doubts a book about punctuation can be clever, entertaining, funny and educational all at the same time, read this one. I have given it as a gift to many of my reader friends and it has never failed to please.
Short example and supposedly true story: A famous writer, on his death bed, uttered the following final six words, "I should have used fewer semi-colons. Learned copy-editors have attempted to sort out my commas and save me from embarrassment. I thank them very much. Where faults obstinately remain, they are mine alone.
Finally, I would like to thank Andrew Franklin for his encouraging involvement along the way, and the hundreds of readers who generously responded to articles in The Daily Telegraph, The Author and Writers' News. It was very good to know that I was not alone. Introduction - The Seventh Sense Either this will ring bells for you, or it won't. A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live.
By all means congratulate yourself that you are not a pedant or even a stickler; that you are happily equipped to live in a world of plummeting punctuation standards; but just don't bother to go any further. For any true stickler, you see, the sight of the plural word "Book's" with an apostrophe in it will trigger a ghastly private emotional process similar to the stages of bereavement, though greatly accelerated.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Lynne Truss
First there is shock. Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger. Finally and this is where the analogy breaks down , anger gives way to a righteous urge to perpetrate an act of criminal damage with the aid of a permanent marker. It's tough being a stickler for punctuation these days. One almost dare not get up in the mornings. True, one occasionally hears a marvellous punctuation-fan joke about a panda who "eats, shoots and leaves", but in general the stickler's exquisite sensibilities are assaulted from all sides, causing feelings of panic and isolation.
Everywhere one looks, there are signs of ignorance and indifference. What about that film Two Weeks Notice? Guaranteed to give sticklers a very nasty turn, that was - its posters slung along the sides of buses in letters four feet tall, with no apostrophe in sight. I remember, at the start of theTwo Weeks Notice publicity campaign in the spring of , emerging cheerfully from Victoria Station was I whistling? Where was the apostrophe? Surely there should be an apostrophe on that bus? If it were "one month's notice" there would be an apostrophe I reasoned ; yes, and if it were "one week's notice" there would be an apostrophe.
Therefore "two weeks' notice" requires an apostrophe! Buses that I should have caught the 73; two 38s sailed off up Buckingham Palace Road while I communed thus at length with my inner stickler, unable to move or, indeed, regain any sense of perspective.We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense who can see dead people, except that we can see dead punctuation. Nigel Hall told me the panda joke; Michael Handelzalts told me about the question mark in Hebrew; and Adam Beeson told me where to find the dash on my keyboard.
Be the first to like this. When we hear the construction "Mr Blair was stood" instead of "standing" we suck our teeth with annoyance, and when words such as "phenomena", "media" or "cherubim" are treated as singular "The media says it was quite a phenomena looking at those cherubims" , some of us cannot suppress actual screams.
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Truss then became a television reviewer for The Times of London; covered sports from the point of view of ''someone who could take a very uninformed view,'' she said; and finally became a freelancer. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. Write a customer review. I was surprised to learn that there were regional differences and also that the proper use of punctuation marks is changing--and it always has over time.
At that time, I was quite tickled by the idea of an Apostrophe Protection Society, on whose website could be found photographic examples of ungrammatical signs such as "The judges decision is final" and "No.
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