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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Sep 25, 60 Minutes. This book is perfect or a bit worrying for grammar and punctuation sticklers.

The average rating on GR – a nice plump 3. Now they don’t bother with the words and just use the question marks, to shlots time. Apr 12, Pages Buy. And by god, we’ll make you know the difference, too! A reference to this was made earlier on in the book: This joke, I think, is fairly well known: Eats shoots and leaves.

Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way.

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When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I’m filled with anxiety over that tduss email: View all 39 comments. Emoticons and other stuff The author does not think too highly of using emoticons.

It’s unacceptable, since I am not a famous author who can break the rules with impunity. And we’re afraid to ask anyone, lest we look like ignorant yobs. Other people will undoubtedly find their own unexpected freedoms. I learned my punctuation from my mom and copious reading. Calendar 3 24 Jun 21, Everything ends up becoming a question?

She writes for those who winced at the posters advertising the film Two Weeks Notice and who felt real pain when they saw in print the name of the pop group Hear’Say. I read this book a very long time ago and about the only thing I remember about it is a cartoon of nine live Roman soldiers and one dead one lying on the ground beside them.


This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuati This is a first book in a while I read in russian. When it comes to the comma, however, things get a lot murkier.

Think of an old guy yelling at a bunch of kids to get off his lawn. One of the things I love about this book is how Truss captures the punctuations marks’ true characters. What I mean, is that this is not some dry reference book – and the panda joke on the back cover prepares you for that.

It’s no surprise this short but sweet book is a best-seller. Eats, shoots and leaves.

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You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you’ll now know what to do. 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, much to her chagrin: This book is a must-read for all the grammar and punctuation sticklers out there.

Quotation Marks single and double Now I understand why I see punctuation in and outside of quotation marks; British place outside while the American custom place inside. Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extreme prescriprivists. It would be very easy for Shoos.

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My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be. I had always assumed an apostrophe was there. I replied to her childish shooots on trruss deckled green paper with a fountain pen.


I’ve been known to spend a good hour or more obsessing over the placement of a comma, a semi-colon, a hyphen, a dash. 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 stick.

However, there are plenty of other exam This joke, I think, is fairly well known: Petersburg who, indemanded to 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.

I meet Lynne Truss at the offices of her small publishing company, Profile Books, where everyone seems in a happy spin about the success of her book on that not-obviously-bestselling topic: It turns out that we have a fairly good grip of how most punctuation marks should be used — however, most of us including established writers are unaware of the nuances.

Lynne Truss in this book deals only with punctuation – that thin layer of tasty icing on top of the vast, dense, impenetrable cake that is grammar. She thinks things might be improving, partly because of the national curriculum: Return to Book Page. Punctuation, in other words, invites you to give careful consideration to the meaning of what you are saying.