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The use of italics. I’m sure it says more about them – poor, unenlightened souls – than it does about me; for some reason, in particular, very few people understand what a wonderful punctuation mark the semi-colon is, and that it can, and very often should, be used to replac I have, for some reason, frequently been recommended Lynne Truss’s book, though the reason escapes me; friends who have been exposed to my academic writing style are particularly prone to do so, and I have grown used to this strange phenomenon.
I like the smiley in IM conversations; I hate it in email. What’s nice about Eats, Shoots and Leaves is that it’s not a dry read.
A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. There was some really interesting info in here, and I especially liked the historical info regarding invention and usage of punctuation over time.
However, she gave punctuation and grammar a voice, and, however briefly, made people think about language, ambiguity and meaning, which is certainly good. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.
I won’t even start on the state of the average Ylnne post or blog comment. It’s fun, easy to read, explains clearly and humourously, and would make far superior reading to most dull textbooks. Yawning was very common then too. However I still aim to work on getting all the kinks out so that any ‘mistakes’ are simply induced from my unique way of phrasing, well, phrases.
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And if we are to be brutally honest, her regular quotations from others who have written on this subject – true giants such as Eric Fowler, Kingsley Amis or George Bernard Shaw – lraves only to show that pedantry works best when allied to an economical wit and rock-solid prose, rather than Truss’s own consistent style of overheated whimsy, which becomes oppressive even in such a brief book. As an example, a headline in the paper states: I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic.
Giving marks personalities is a great joy to me – the only reason I used to fly through the times table every morning in primary school was because all the numbers had personalities and characters, and when they times’d by each other it was like a dramatic shooys in a play; that was how I remembered it all.
Well, start waving and yelling, because it is the so-called Oxford comma also known as the serial comma and it is a lot more dangerous than its exclusive, ivory-tower moniker might suggest. Letter leavees “Dear Jack, I trkss a man who knows what love is all about.
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At first I thought a zero tolerance approach to punctuation sounded a bit extreme. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.
But I am ok with being pathetic. Add to Cart Add to Cart. Also, according to Truss’s own preference for hyphenating adjectival compounds, there surely ought to be a hyphen between “Zero” and “Tolerance”. If you’re going to use words, I want you to have a way with them. I thoroughly enjoyed this short, funny book about British punctuation.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
She lives in Brighton, England. Steps off soap box. And then there are those hyper-sensitive souls who feel a misplaced apostrophe on a fruit-stall sign – “Banana’s” – yb a sharp mental wound, a barbarism that really spoils their day. The Australian version is a ezts different – not as clever and involved, perhaps, but funny nonetheless.
As she notes throughout the book, punctuation is one of those things that few people ever really get to learn. Take this little nugget from page Other people will undoubtedly find their own unexpected freedoms. And this panda walks directly up to the edge of the rushing water, leave he allows himself to plummet over the side to the churning froth below, wildly gesticulating with his arms all the way down.