This is the international bestseller - reissued and with a new introduction. A witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for ...Show synopsisThis is the international bestseller - reissued and with a new introduction. A witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. When social histories come to be written of the first decade of the 21st century, people will note a turning point in 2003 when declining standards of punctuation were reversed. Linguists will record Lynne Truss as the savior of the semi-colon and the avenging angel of the apostrophe. 'If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood' - Frank McCourt. 'This book will stimulate and satisfy. It's worth its weight in gold' - Boyd Tonkin, "Independent". 'A witty, elegant and passionate book that should be on every writer's shelf' - "Observer". 'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours...' - John Humphrys. 'It can only be a matter of time before the new government seizes the chance to appoint her as minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written' - "Guardian". 'She's a soul sister. She's one of us' - Richard Madeley, "Richard and Judy".Hide synopsis
Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (Profile Books(GB)) – Hardcover (2003)
Hardcover, Profile Books(GB) 2003
ISBN: 1861976127 ISBN-13: 9781861976123
This is a witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. Not a primer but a 'zero tolerance' manual for direct action. A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation. 'Panda,' ran the entry for his assailant. 'Large black ...Show moreThis is a witty, entertaining, impassioned guide to perfect punctuation, for everyone who cares about precise writing. Not a primer but a 'zero tolerance' manual for direct action. A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter. 'Why?' groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out. And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation. 'Panda,' ran the entry for his assailant. 'Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.' We see signs in shops every day for 'Banana's' and even 'Gateaux's'. Competition rules remind us: 'The judges decision is final.' Now, many punctuation guides already exist explaining the principles of the apostrophe; the comma; the semi-colon. These books do their job but somehow punctuation abuse does not diminish. Why? Because people who can't punctuate don't read those books! Of course they don't! They laugh at books like those! "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" adopts a more militant approach and attempts to recruit an army of punctuation vigilantes: send letters back with the punctuation corrected. Do not accept sloppy emails. Climb ladders at dead of night with a pot of paint to remove the redundant apostrophe in 'Video's sold here'.Hide
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A great piece of humour here and, yet, with a serious aim, this little book has become a runaway bestseller overnight and rightly, too.
As author Lynne Truss has explained, there are many people who have little idea of the basics of punctuation. This does not surprise me in the slightest. As an examiner and a forced PGCE learner, I have found scant regard paid to full stops, commas and question marks- and it is getting worse!
However, by far the number one serial offender is the missing apostrophe. The story of the Panda who eats in a restaurant, then shoots the restaurant up and departs is an amusing story with an important message. The placing of punctuation in the wrong place can completely alter the message being conveyed? and at what a cost.
A REVOLUTION IN PUNCTUATION
The book is dedicated to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers in St Petersburg who, in 1905, demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution.
We have come a long way in nearly 100 years and the main casualty has been the written word. The ?shorthand? I have encountered in the last six years using the Internet is enough to convince me that this book should be compulsory reading in schools. Besides, it is a good read and very funny in places. To sell 50,000 copies in just over a week on release is a great achievement and illustrates the interest proper ways of communication continue to generate and I thank Lynne for that.
It?s true to say that the book makes a powerful case for the preservation of the system of what is interestingly described as ?printing conventions?. However, this is not a book for pedants but for everyone, including members of the Bar who write lengthy Opinions (like me). It has never surprised me how cross the Judiciary become when they see sloppy legal paperwork. I expect it from solicitors but we must maintain a very high standard at the Bar, even with the infernal Internet and toxic text messages.
Well done, Ms Truss for reminding us of our legal roots? ?sticklers unite? she says, ?you have nothing to lose but your sense of proportion ? and arguably you didn?t have much of that to begin with?.
Do look at the end of the book for a fine bibliography ? all the usual suspects are there including one B Bryson and ?Troublesome Words?, and the excellent Philip Howard?s ?The State of the Language: English observed.? Lynne Truss has protected our endangered punctuation with panache and rightly raised the communication stakes at the right time.
ISBN: 978-1-59240-2038 or 978-1-84668-035-9
Pretty much what I had expected. The prose is a bit flighty, but the author is doubtless trying (and succeeding) to keep the reader from falling asleep in an otherwise dull subject.
Educational and worth reading.
I bought multiple copies of this book for students in a grantwriting class that I am teaching. It's an easy read, makes its points memorably, and is a fantastic resource. I recommend it highly!
And Alibris is the place to buy - I searched multiple in-store and on-line vendors, and Alibris returned the most reasonable price, even with shipping factored in!
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