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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Calendar 3 24 Jun 21, That’s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents. 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 this mess! I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was trus.

For instance earlier I commented on how I hate how fair evaders always avoid carnivals and good looking people. View all 10 comments. Have I left my sentence hanging on a cliff-edge with a poorly placed dash?

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

Dec 01, Nastassja rated it liked it Recommends it for: Letter 1 “Dear Jack, I want a man who knows what love is all about. She lumps improper punctuation in with leavse grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim.


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I have to share this letter. Eats shoots and leaves.

And it is a must in some cases: You are generous, kind, thoughtful. For other men I yearn! She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal.

And then I trusd this book. Doesn’t a zero-tolerance approach to punctuation properly mean that one should not tolerate any punctuation at all?

You have ruined me.

Up the colon

Ah, never mind, I don’t have a valid defense. Eats, shoots and leaves. View all 39 comments. In her book, Talk to the HandTruss acknowledges some of the criticism, obliquely admitting shooots much of it is warranted.

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Her shoors suffers from constant overstatement, perhaps exemplified by the joke about a panda to which the title is the punchline, which is too tedious to rehearse here but which depends on an entirely implausible punctuation mistake.

We all know the basics of punctuation. In addition to gripes about the slovenly way that we write, Truss offers some history on punctuation.

One may be irritated by misplaced apostrophes in shop notices, but it is quite hard to make up an example in which such a mistake might lead trues a real ambiguity of meaning. Which lacuna Lynne Truss, self-declared punctuation vigilante, sets out to correct. The author had a wonderful sense of humor and used it throughout the book.


Jul 31, Jojo rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Truss, however, writes like one of us.

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: Think of an old guy yelling at a bunch of kids to get off his lawn. Finally, the book does not even achieve what it aims to.

Perhaps there is some hope for our species after all However, she gave punctuation and grammar a voice, and, however briefly, made people think about language, ambiguity eatss meaning, which is certainly good. Shoofs there is also, of course, much to recommend the humble comma: For writers who have taken on larger projects, fruss. I never knew that!

She just sees glaring errors everywhere: Colon, Semicolon and Interjections 5. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.