- Publisher: Gotham Books (July 13, 1905)
- ISBN-10: 1592402038
- ISBN-13: 978-1592402038
- ASIN: B0049VPI4O
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (944 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eats Shoots & Leaves the zero tolerance approach to punctutation 2006 Gotham Trade paperback Paperback – July 13, 1905
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Lynne Truss, an English grammarian is bloody fed up with sloppy punctuation.
Does that sentence leave you feeling confused, irritated, or angry? Do you feel you have to second-guess the author of the sentence, forced to ascertain whether s/he was writing to Lynne Truss or about Ms. Truss?
But that sort of thing is almost the norm these days, on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, we Americans have been struggling for years with FRESH DONUT'S DAILY and Your Server: "MILLY" -- not to mention the archy-and-mehitabel school of e-mail that neither capitalizes nor punctuates and reading through this kind of sentence really gets confusing i think it does at least do you too?
Turns out that even the British--including the elite "Oxbridge" inteligentsia--are wildly ignorant of punctuation's rules and standards. Lynne Truss, an English grammarian and author of EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES, is bloody fed up with it! So she wrote this handy little book that is ever-so-correct but not condescending, sometimes savage but not silly, full of mission and totally without mush.
Think of Truss as punctuation's own Miss Manners, a combination of leather and lace, with maybe a bit more emphasis on the leather. (She advocates forming possees to paint out incorrect apostrophes in movie placards.) But her examples of bad punctuation serve a purpose: bad punctuation distorts meaning. EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES includes numerous hilarious backfires of punctuation -- statements and missives that use the exact same words but convey totally opposite messages due to inappropriate punctuation.Read more ›
Our present day punctuation began with Greek dramatists providing actors with cues for their onstage delivery. With the development of printing, printers became the innovators for this notational art. Over time conventions developed governing their use and were codified as rules. Creative types bristle at most forms of restraint. Gertrude Stein thought commas to be "servile", semicolons "pretentious", and question marks "completely uninteresting".Read more ›
The book is zero tolerance indeed. Truss says it doesn't matter if you have a PhD and have read all of Henry James twice, "If you still persist in writing, 'Good food at it's best', you deserve ..." and she lists some ghastly punishments.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book on the need for commas/punctuation, and some humor thrown in :)Published 17 days ago by mursea
FUN book!!! If you are in love with the English language, and bemoan the way it's being misused today, this book is for you. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice, kind of, style-guide-y book written in a sarcastic, accessible way. It takes the reader through the many punctation and grammar rules, but does it in a way that's easy and... Read morePublished 22 days ago
The less than stellar review is because some books don't work as ebooks.Published 23 days ago by Michael Anderson
Not very helpful because it lacked examples and read more like an overview with too much commentary. I recommend the Everyday Writer by Lunsford (Bedford St. Martins).Published 1 month ago by Timcp