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. After reading Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Steven Poole concludes that punctuation should be a help, not a hindrance.

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I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon.

At least I was not sinning against the apostrophe! Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Secondly this humorous little volume explored a little of the histo I read this last year and as someone who loves words – and punctuation; it was both amusing and informative, in fact I’m making several purposeful mistakes here as I tell you all about how interesting this book was I’m sure it says more about them – poor, unenlightened souls – than it does about me; for some reason, in particular, very few people understand what a wonderful punctuation mark the semi-colon is, and that it can, and very often should, be used to replac I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon.

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. May 04, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: 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.


Now, with the internet, correct punctuation appears to be taking a back seat. In her book, Talk to the HandTruss acknowledges some of the criticism, obliquely admitting that much of it is warranted. Then I started listening to The Plain White T’s, a band ,eaves name makes no sense with an apostrophe, and I knew things were getting serious.

This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. Truss understands that punctuation abuse isn’t something that people do intentionally – it’s largely a matter of ignorance, and she wants to help. And for those of us who flail around in the gooey morass of more difficult areas of grammar, help is at hand via this wonderful Goodreads group.

To be serious I must say that this book was enjoyable first and foremost. For writers who have taken on larger projects, i. The book improves when it leaves the hoary subject of apostrophes and its attendant Middle England snobbery, and scoots merrily through an attenuated history of other punctuation marks and their usages – commas, dashes, brackets or lunulae and so on.

So say the MCPs. I learnt many things as you can no doubt see from here. Yes, Truss is talking about punctuation. The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use.

When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I’m filled with anxiety over that first email: Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Without her, man is nothing. The use of italics. As you can see from the title, the original meaning was that panda eats shoots and leaves, but someone misplaced one comma, and the result is drastically changed.

My transgression – in my wide-eyed seven-year-old innocence I dared to correct my very Soviet teacher on her comma placement and a spelling mistake.

Oct 30, Michael Ny rated it it was amazing. Under commas, I especially liked the Oxford comma. And then there are those hyper-sensitive souls who feel a misplaced apostrophe on a fruit-stall sign – “Banana’s” – as a sharp mental wound, a barbarism that really spoils their day. Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal to everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything.

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. It’s all an outrage to her and she throws in wonderful anecdotes to illustrate her point of view.


What’s more, she’s funny. I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Hear that staccato cello? I wanted to buy it on the spot.

Buy the Audiobook Download: View all 9 comments. We pat pat pat ourselves on the back with being so in accord with this funny woman and her nit-picking usage of grammar. The bad email is going to seriously hamper this relationship. Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel right, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

That’s the sickening part. Because no, my first language, my mother tongue, is not English. From the first page this was indeed a thought-provoking book. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

View all 23 comments. 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. There’s a difference between russian punctuation and english punctuation, and sometimes when I write my reviews, I find it rather hard to determine whether this comma is ok to use in english as I use it in russian.

I proudly consider myself a punctuation martyr. Truss’ obvious frustration with the misuse of punctuation to overwhelm her and poison the book. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We all know the basics of punctuation.