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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But full review will join its friends in the uncensored realms of wordpress, leafmarks and booklikes. However I still aim to work on getting all the kinks out so that any ‘mistakes’ are simply induced from my unique way of phrasing, well, phrases. She indicates such use shows poor word usage to convey meaning; therefore, needing to supplement with an emoticon. Punctuation helps give rhythm and a tone of voice to writing, and she thinks it no accident that readers of emails often find it difficult to pick up “the tone of the person who’s written it”, with all those dashes.

I’m a non native speaker. A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Lists with This Book. Hey, Mr Semi-Colon Man: This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. You practically do not use semicolons at all.

Now they don’t bother with the words and just use the question marks, to save time. The title itself is a joke, about an irate panda who walks into a cafe, orders a sandwich, eats it, draws a gun and fires two shots into the air. I’m an ellipses junkie! It is all quite extraordinary. I’m not a stickler, mind, but I do know when things aren’t written properly and there are certain crimes against grammar that I just can’t abide.


Except that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off. Some of the examples of terrible punctuation use will make you cringe, while others will make you laugh.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

I learnt a lot from it but had fun learning, which should actually help me remember lgnne all. Which would be sad When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I’m filled with anxiety over that first email: Stay in Touch Sign up. You see how this kind of thing is catching? But it’s not easy getting tone across in written words – or, rather, it kinda is isn’t that what writers accomplish all the time?

Everyone has something that bugs him or her. Truss understands that punctuation abuse isn’t something that people do intentionally – it’s largely a matter of ignorance, and she wants to help. This is a symptom of mental defectiveness, probably induced in camp life.

It seems that there is no hard and fast rule on comma usage, though there are correct and incorrect ways of placing it. Well, yes and no. The princess dress isnt looking its best lets phone Harrods and ask for the ladies department “Quite tough,” she says. One of the things Leavse love about this book is how Truss captures the punctuations marks’ true characters.

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

D It is so refreshing reading a book like this. To be honest, I never heard the panda joke until this book came out.

Everything ends up becoming a question? View all 8 comments. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four rather peculiar leavrs as a elaves columnist for the same newspaper.

We pat pat pat ourselves on the back with being so in accord with this funny woman and her nit-picking usage of grammar. When was the last time you read a book where you could literally say, “This ewts has changed my life. 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.


The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning… Punctuation directs you how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play. It is the electronic revolution that we should worry about.

But what exactly are its functions? Nor does she feel that she belongs to some better generation. A must ahd an enjoyable read for anyone who cares about our language, for any reader. Her style is an attempt at tongue in cheek, but she really just can’t pull it off. Well, this book definitely helped me to distinguish some of these rules.

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Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way. Tefl Higher education reviews. But Truss does make distinctions between American and British usages which are very helpful, and interesting too.

The positive of misspelling will always be the humour I can find in it at least. I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic. Far too many books about language are written by dusty intellectual Linguists who exude smugness with their impenetrable jargon and are completely inaccessible to the general public.