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Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats Shoots and Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Author:Lynne Truss We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Truss dares to say, in her delightfully u... more »rbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. 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.« less
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Yes, that's right, 5 Stars for a book about proper punctuation. I fully expected to get through this book only for my 2008 Challenges. In my mind's eye I saw myself reading a page or two and then falling sound asleep from boredom. I could not have been more wrong.
Not only does Lynne Truss make punctuation interesting, she makes it funny. She knows just were little punctuation puns fit. Who knew there were 17 proper uses for the apostrophe?! There was, at onetime, a movement to have a special mark to indicate a rhetorical question. As is stated on the front flap, "Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species." (not to mention proper spelling)
I've given this book 5 Stars not only because I enjoyed it, but because I think all of us who have been out of the classroom for 10 years or more could use a refresher.
I enjoyed reading this book! It definitely made me laugh, since I'm kind of retentive about grammar. I got a little bogged down in the middle, though. Even with her good humor it's hard to keep on reading about punctuation!
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Helpful Score: 4
This is not the spoken word version of the printed book. It is instead from the essays that were written for the BBC radio series by Lynne Truss that led to her writing the book Eats Shoots & Leaves. It is a single audio CD and is very entertaining.
This book is very entertaining while discussing punctuation and grammar concepts we may be unaware of or simply confused about. The writer does an excellent job of leading us through each humor-filled chapter. A great review for writers everywhere and a must read for anyone who does more than text a message or two throughout the day!
Does seeing the words "Egg's for Sale" drive you to distraction? How about "Lands' End"? You'll love this book if you are a member of the so-called society of "Punctuation Vigilantes".
Ever have the urge to take a permanent marker and correct a grocery store ad? Me, too!
If so, this book is for your knowledge (and entertainment!) Oops, I used one of those dreaded exclamation marks/points, didn't I? Wait'll you find the OTHER name for them!