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. The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in.

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Read it if your punctuation is good and you want to feel smug.

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss | Books | The Guardian

Is it of interest to anyone that he was also the man who printed the first semicolon? The panda produces a badly punctuated lyynne manual and tosses it over his shoulder. Because no, my first language, my mother tongue, is not English. She just sees glaring errors everywhere: Oct 30, Michael Triss rated it it was amazing. 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.

We, the readers, of course know how to use apostrophes correctly, and that writing littered with exclamation marks infers a feeble mind. She has also shown that, to avoid over-using the dash, a colon can easily replace a dash in certain situations. While Truss says that “despair gave this book its impetus”, she does not sound despairing either in print or in person.

Many people, as the author correctly bemoaned, don’t give a damn, but We’re called sticklers. I never knew that! Why should a book about how to use llynne and colons properly have fats itself at No1 in the Amazon bestseller list?

As she notes throughout the book, punctuation is one of those oeaves that few people ever really get to learn.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Though I know that evenin’s empire has returned into sand; Vanished from my hand; Left me blindly here, to stand, but still not sleeping; My weariness amazes me; I’m branded on my feet; I have no one to meet; Lynnne the ancient, empty street’s too dead for dreaming.


Yes, Truss is talking about shlots. That is until Truss mentioned one of my favorite movies “Two Weeks Notice”pointing out that the title should be “Two Weeks’ Notice”. And while Truss’ tone may often be light and playful even a little frivolous truxs, this book is hip-deep in interesting historical background, usages and common mistakes, and entertaining examples of real-life punctuation boo-boos that, if you care at all, will actually make you tense up in indignation.

Apr 11, Pages Buy. Everything ends up becoming a question? I also enjoyed the first words in the Introduction: I had always shkots an apostrophe was there. Except that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off. I won’t even start on the state of the average Facebook post or blog comment.

View all 6 comments. She writes for those who winced at the posters advertising the film Two Weeks Notice and who felt real pain when they saw in print the name of the pop group Hear’Say.

I generally love British humor and I’m familiar with a fair amount of British comedy movies, shows, and writing. Mastering punctuation means controlling your language, ahoots is controlling your thoughts. Are my brackets formed correctly?

I found myself asking, for instance, whether the subtitle presents some problems. Apr 12, Pages. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder.

I proudly consider myself a punctuation martyr. What’s nice about Eats, Shoots and Leaves is hsoots it’s not a dry read. 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.

She also has a friendly dig at Australians and our tendency to turn statements into questions, which the British fans of Neighbours have picked up, much to her chagrin: Which is rather nice in a book about punctuation. His counsel contended that, because the Act was unpunctuated, the phrase ‘if the man be adherent to the king’s enemies in his realm giving to them aid and comfort in the realm or elsewhere’ could be construed to mean that it was perfectly all right to plot against the realm provided you did it abroad.


The author enumerates six, and after reading them, I was feeling that they were pretty self-evident — before I admitted to myself that I had not thought about it in that way before Lynne told me.

Truss’ tongue-in-cheek style may not appeal zhoots everyone and I don’t agree with her about everything. Full of humor and information, it explains some of the easier nuances to punctuation in a useful and engaging manner. That was the time when it ceased to matter. I’m not a turss, mind, but I do know when things aren’t shots properly and there are certain crimes against grammar that I just can’t abide.

But seriously truse, the poor apostrophe is being so mistreated – can this book be made essential reading in schools? Auto-correct and the laissez-faire attitude yes, I just included a French term, I’m classy that way lynnne the internet have made sure of that.

Review: Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss | Books | The Guardian

But otherwise, it was kind of like snoots to the choir. 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 leavess, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we wouldn’t be in According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”. Anyway, to the book. The reason it sold well, of course, is that it’s well-written and entertaining to read.

In fact I tend on the whole to often humorously correct such misspellings and incorrect uses of language procedures. Incidentally, did you know an exclamation mark is called a dog’s cock in some circles? However, she does not seemed to have learned much from this unrepentantly asshole experience note: I normally avoid colons and semi-colons but I feel like shoote given me a greater understanding of them.