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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
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ISBN-13: 9781592402038
ISBN-10: 1592402038
Publication Date: 4/11/2007
Pages: 208
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 107 ratings
Publisher: Gotham Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
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.
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Helpful Score: 7
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
A humorous, interesting, and informative book regarding punctuation and its correct usage. An easy read. Forward by Frank McCourt.
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Helpful Score: 4
This gave a fun, quirky way to remember 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.
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Helpful Score: 4
A book for those of us who are sticklers for grammar, spelling and punctuation. The book is okay, but it got a little boring.
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Helpful Score: 3
a witty and historical view of punctuation
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Helpful Score: 3
Very funny... for us grammar geeks. :)
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Helpful Score: 3
I shared this book with my small circle of friends. The experiment quickly sorted the Anglophobes from the Anglophiles. Beyond that- it's ENGLISH, folks, and it is as fluid and dynamic as any other lingo, but there are certain rules. Puncuation is very important to meaning.
"The crux of the biscuit... is the Apostrophe". - Frank Zappa
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Helpful Score: 2
Who knew punctuation could be so funny?
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Helpful Score: 2
Being trained from an early age to be a stickler for proper grammar and punctuation, I adored this book. This is a whimsical approach to the long lost art of proper punctuation that makes it easy to understand and remember.

However, if the English language is just a means for you to vaguely communicate with others, you may not enjoy it as much as those who are more didactic with their linguistic expressions. =o)
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Helpful Score: 2
"This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled." It sure is, and I learned that I am not alone.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's been a while since I read this, but it was a fun, rather light hearted grammatical romp.
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Helpful Score: 1
Irregardless of your views of English grammar, (its or it's) a good book.
"Includes a limited-edition Punctuation Repair Kit"
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Helpful Score: 1
Being an English teacher, I thought I would love this book, but it turned out to be tedious and actually boorish. I kept wondering if this author actually had a real life outside of picking apart the punctuation of other writers.
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Helpful Score: 1
hilarious. if you are a fussy speller, you will love this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I got this book on the recomendation of a friend whom was in a PhD program and part of the required reading. Its great for those who write papers and need a refresher on proper grammar.
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Helpful Score: 1
A clever examination of punctuation with some other aspects of language thrown in. Amusing, interesting, and with a thoughtful ending concerning the internet and language change.
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Helpful Score: 1
Almost afraid to write a review, for fear I make a typo... This book is a lot of fun to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book about punctuation is hilarious! If you are type who is driven crazy by signs like "20 items or less," you have got to read this book.
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If you refuse to buy from a store that sells video's and book's or you are bemused by a sign that says "trucks speed too fast when flashing this is the book for you". "Sticklers unite"!
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Helpful Score: 1
I very much enjoyed the "voice" of this author in this book and picked up a few tips on punctuation.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderfully witty reminders of the proper use of apostrophes, commas, semi-colons, and all the rest of our fine friends!
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Who would have thought punctuation could be so funny!
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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!
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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!
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Humorous, serious, stickler-ish, and determined all at once. Worth a read, even if you're American and Truss' style of grammar doesn't apply to you.
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A very funny look at the foibles of English speakers.
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Wasn't what I expected.
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I giggled my way through the entire book! LOVED IT!
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Laugh yourself through punctuation and learn that it does matter.
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small but mighty!
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Surprising amount of text, not just a set of rules.
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Much more pedantic than I had been led to believe.
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A book for all of us who automatically proofread everything from menus to billboards. It's not hugely useful if grammar and punctuation is your goal, but I loved the humor! It's nice to know I'm not alone on proofreading EVERYTHING!
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Funny book for the 'sticklers' among us.
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This is the perfect book for those among us who are punctuation sticklers! If you cannot stand random apostrophes, know how to correctly use a semicolon, and love witty word play, this book is for you.
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A fun book to read!
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What a bore. I was expecting something clever and interesting; instead I got British grammar.
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I have never mastered punctuation. The horror! The despair! With that said, I simply laughed out loud at this cranky little book and Truss even made me aware of what I was laughing at, which means I learned a little as well. I feel the book jumped out from the starting gates with a bang and took a lead as a "laugh-out-loud, I cannot put it down candidate," but by the middle, it ran out of steam and frankly, I got a bit weary with it. I mean, how much more interest can I muster up about an apostrophe or a semi colon? In Truss's words, perhaps I'm a thicko.

In Lynne Truss's defense though, I must say I have never been all that interested in punctuation and she had me mesmerized for hours. I would recommend this book especially for any punctuation/grammar snob. I guarantee you'll have a belly-laugh at those of us less inclined to be perfect and find an understanding friend. I am keeping it on my bookshelf to finish it at a later date, because it is well-written and I adore snarky wit. Truss is flat-out hilarious!
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Hardcover book
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Cute! Loved the book the instant I saw the cover. The snarky writing style does grate after awhile but if you're a grammar nerd, then you'll appreciate and agree with all of the author's grammar "pet peeves". Her story about when she was young and wrote a pedantic, boorish letter with liberal use of advanced grammar/vocab to her penpal had me crying with laughter.
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The best book about punctuation ever!
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Get a simple book on grammar and punctuation and save yourself about 200 pages of megalomaniacal rambling.
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A great read and very funny. About language and it's devolution with the advent of internet slang and abbreviation.
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A great read - A surprise since one would think punctuation would not be such an amusing topic.
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Wonderful book! Very funny and point on!
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This is an interesting & amusing book, but I'm not sure how much it applies to American punctuation.
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If grammer had been this much fun in school, I'd probably have gotten better grades!
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Clever and witty book!
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Book on grammer and punctuation, very humorous
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Creative and clever approach to punctuation.
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Hated this book from the get-go...not sure what all the hoopla is about, and I am one that can be picky about grammer (not neccesarily punctuation). :D
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A fun read!
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Loved this book.
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Ordered this for my 12 y o daughter, thinking it would be a fun way to learn. However, I think it is a very hard read and very long-winded and bland.
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Fun to read, it's no wonder why English grammar is so confusing!!!!
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so,punctuation really does matter,even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death.
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Not what I expected, but somewhat interesting, nonetheless.
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From the back cover:

So, punctuation really does matter, even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death.
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This book is okay, but not what I really expected.
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Brand new book - includes a limited-edition Punctuation Repair Kit!
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This book absolutely sucks.