Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss - Review | | BookPageAnxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens. We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Sep 25, 60 Minutes Buy. Apr 11, ISBN Apr 12, ISBN Sep 25, 60 Minutes. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are.
Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation? But this spirited and wittily instructional little volume, which was a U. A self-professed "stickler," Truss recommends that anyone putting an apostrophe in a possessive "its"—as in "the dog chewed it's bone"—should be struck by lightning and chopped to bits. Employing a chatty tone that ranges from pleasant rant to gentle lecture to bemused dismay, Truss dissects common errors that grammar mavens have long deplored often, as she readily points out, in isolation and makes elegant arguments for increased attention to punctuation correctness: "without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning. Agent, George Lucas. On sale Apr. Forecast: With , copies of the Profile Books edition in print up from an original print run of 15, in November , it's obvious that Truss's book has struck a nerve.
First published in April of , Eats, Shoots and Leaves spent 25 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list and by October of that year had gone back to press 22 times to bring the total of copies in print to a million. At a bit more than pages including the bibliography, this little book describes the rules that govern the use of:. Plenty of other writing guides exist that describe the use of punctuation symbols, but the Truss book livens the discussion by throwing in history, examples of offensive punctuation, and the cheeky attitude that any English speaker smart enough to achieve an elementary school education ought to be smart enough to use apostrophes correctly. This is extremely easy to grasp. Getting your itses mixed up is the greatest solecism in the world of punctuation.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a non- fiction book written by Lynne Truss, the former host of BBC Radio 4's Cutting a.
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In the book, published in , Truss bemoans the state of punctuation in the United Kingdom and the United States and describes how rules are being relaxed in today's society. Her goal is to remind readers of the importance of punctuation in the English language by mixing humour and instruction. Truss dedicates the book "to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers of St. Petersburg who, in , demanded 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. There is one chapter each on apostrophes ; commas ; semicolons and colons ; exclamation marks , question marks and quotation marks ; italic type , dashes , brackets , ellipses and emoticons ; and the last one on hyphens. Truss touches on varied aspects of the history of punctuation and includes many anecdotes, which add another dimension to her explanations of grammar. In the book's final chapter, she opines on the importance of maintaining punctuation rules and addresses the damaging effects of email and the Internet on punctuation.