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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This, according to Mr Justice Darling is this where Blackadder got the name? Four out of five stars. The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure shotos, finds an explanation. Mastering punctuation means controlling your language, which is controlling your thoughts.

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I’m a non native speaker. We all know the basics of punctuation. You see old conventions “going” and you have to accept it, she concedes – though when she talks about the punctuation mark that she believes is headed for extinction – the hyphen – she immediately thinks of trkss its indispensable uses.

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And I just can’t believe I never noticed that the movie Two Weeks Notice doesn’t have an apostrophe which I very nearly typed in myself just nowor that Who Framed Roger Rabbit doesn’t have a question mark. Admittedly, she does at one point put together a kit for those who would be punctuation guerrillas and risk prison to set the world straight, but by and large she stops short at advocating actual lawlessness. Nor does she feel that she belongs to some better generation.


But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you’ll now know what to do. But why gild the lily? For instance earlier I commented on how I hate how fair evaders always avoid carnivals and good looking people. I think she must have produced the least funny attempt at humor in British publication in the last years.

A very colourful metaphor indeed. The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to punctuation, of all things, is that it was popular with people who weren’t English teachers. As someone who writes a fair bit half a million words on Goodreads aloneI know my way around a sentence. Yes, but without becoming “a grumpy old curmudgeon”.

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It’s a fun book, I recommend it to everyone. Read it Forward Read it first. For other men I yearn! The habits of emailers might do no harm to the literate, but they help “cover up” the ignorance of those who are “semi-literate”.

Truss’ obvious frustration with the misuse of punctuation to overwhelm her and poison the book. Yeah, we all gotta have lynhe writing skillz.

Contrary to usual publishing dhoots, the US edition of the book left the original British conventions intact. View all 10 comments. Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extreme prescriprivists.

What’s nice about Eats, Shoots and Shoofs is that it’s not a dry read. Although, even more frustrating is when people defend the mangled “writing” as though it doesn’t matter at all. Everyone was shocked by how well it sold, the author included.


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And, quite clearly, ‘passionate’ is doing the same kind of work in the sentence as ‘charming’ and ‘elegant’. Mind you, English speakers are not the only ones afflicted. In The Fight for English: She has called it Eats, Shoots and Leavesa title which comes from a joke in which a panda goes into a bar, asks for a ham sandwich, eats it and then takes out a revolver and fires it into the air.

But this is more than a witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer’s shelf. I remember how correct usage of the apostrophe was always rammed down our throats.

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Some of Truss’s departures from punctuation norms are just British laxness. Couple that with her tedious recurrent references to her being single at at age 48 at time of pressher lack of stereotypical teenage fun “when other girls of my age were attending the Isle of Wight Festival and having abortions, I lfaves a copy of Eric Partridge’s Usage and Abusage “and her repeat references to the same sohots jokes Sir Roger Casement “hanged on a comma” and you get a long, tiring read.

And realized that I am not alone. Though there is also, of course, much to recommend the humble comma: Lynn Truss laments the misuse of our punctuation marks, and the possible future demise of a couple, such as the semi-colon.