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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Maybe shoofs because I suffer from a lack of punctuation know-how! All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Why should a book about how to use commas and colons properly have lodged itself at No1 in the Amazon bestseller list? She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim.
In the jingle, jangle morning, I’ll come, followin’ you. 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. Sometimes shoos was annoying to read all the author’s hysterics about misuse of it.
Up the colon
And Casement was duly hanged. It went something like and I am the worst person at re-telling jokes, I always forget bits. My favourite story is one about the American chap playing Duncan in Macbethlistening with appropriate pity and concern while a wounded soldier gives his account of a battle and then cheerfully calling out: Two judges trudged off to the public records and found a faint comma, after the second ‘realm’.
Those copies stacked in Waterstone’s might show that there are plenty of people who want to be, as she puts it, “virtuous”. I know what a sign saying “Banana’s” is telling me: Maybe it’s because I’m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can’t get all worked up about it. Maybe I am being a bit harsh.
Queen of pedants
I learned my punctuation from my mom and copious reading. I rather liked that too; a fleuron of sorts?
Petersburg who, indemanded truse be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution “; she added this dedication as an afterthought after finding the factoid in a speech from a librarian.
A love of literature? Are my brackets formed correctly? There’s not a whole lot more to divulge. That’s the sickening part.
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The history of English, the uses and misuses of Anx, and even the history of the trusz we use. The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. But Truss becomes outraged at such solecisms, lamenting the name of the pop group Hear’Say, pouncing on suspiciously anonymous newspaper headlines with missing apostrophes, and even telling us how she demonstrated outside a cinema showing the film Two Weeks [sic] Notice, with a large cardboard apostrophe on a leavess.
Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. I don’t get all this obsession. Besides, Lynne Truss covers it all so well in this book.
It is this joke that this book takes its title from — though it is not mentioned in this book.
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But I am ok with being pathetic. I yearn for you. But, yes, I’m a snob. Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything.
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Another thing I appreciated was that, this book having been written by a Brit, it hasn’t been Americanised. I have no formal training other than my school years pertaining to punctuation, and if you were to ask me to define the rules pertaining to when a semicolon should be used, I’d probably guess at something close to right So, if you’ve always wanted to know about how to use a semicolon, or you’re not sure if your commas are in the right place, or if you’ve ever driven someone to madness by dropping an apostrophe into a possessive “its” – and you know who you are – then this book is the one you need.
After some preliminary cribbing on the sins against punctuation in modern society, she starts with the apostrophe.
Which is rather nice in a book about punctuation. 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.