Buy Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 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 I am wrong and don’t get it, but in this case I can freely admit: We know subconsciously, even if not via overt rules, how to use hyphens.

I fondly remember a helpful publishing person once changing all andd semicolons to colons, and vice versa, necessitating a long and increasingly grouchy explanation of why I had used them correctly in the first place. Truss’ writing makes things like how to properly use an apostrophe entertaining, using amusing phrasing and real life examples, offering up rules like “Don’t use commas like a stupid person. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. trusw

This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. I shooys very well have written underused in the previous sentence, but I decided to take the advice of Lynne and use the cute little connector. Now we arrive at the two pesky things: Or it would be, if it didn’t fuel the fire in the bellies of extr Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything.


Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. I like the smiley in IM conversations; I hate it in email. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Even if all you do is write emails, that means you. You may notice that maybe it’s not the best idea to read a book about english grammar in russian language.

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And it is a must in some cases: The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise. It’s not only the younger part of the populace either.

This, according to Mr Justice Darling is this where Blackadder got suoots name?

Dec 19, Trevor rated it liked it. Stay in Touch Sign up. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. You have ruined me.

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Well, yes and no. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. The book is a well-mixed combination of history, usage and style.

This is a delightful screed on the demise of punctuation in contemporary expression. I appreciated most the history of punctuation she peppered throughout the book along with her very dry British humor and the delight with which she plays with her own writing, saving the colon and semi-colon until she leeaves actually talking about them; keeping the hyphen and dash under-wraps and then exploding with them at the perfect time.


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View all 39 comments. Some don’t even use the full stop and especially in the English language, where almost every word starts with a minor letter German, for example, uses capital letters at the beginning of nounsthis is the worst case scenario if you want to know what exactly a person was trying to tell you.

She also has a friendly dig at Rats and our tendency to turn statements into questions, which the British fans of Neighbours have picked up, much to her chagrin: Apr 11, Pages. 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.

Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the history of the English language.