Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Paperback – April 11, In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. Eats, Shoots & Leaves "makes correct usage. A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter. "Why?" groans the injured man. The panda shrugs and. Exercises Guaranteed to Bring Out Your Inner Stickler. 1) Take a walk or drive through your village, town, or city and write down signs or advertisements that are.
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Also, according to Truss's own preference for hyphenating adjectival compounds, there surely ought to be a hyphen between "Zero" and "Tolerance". Otherwise it could be read as saying something obscure about how we should tolerate zeros being used as punctuation marks.
You see how this kind of thing is catching? I could go on, but blessedly space forbids. Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion? The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual eats shoots and leaves tosses it over his shoulder.
Though there is also, of course, much to eats shoots and leaves the humble comma: No, I simply can't understand it; I suppose that a careful reading of Eats, Shoots and Leaves could, eats shoots and leaves I really tried, help me make my sentences a little longer, and assist me in festooning them with additional, glorious, punctuation.
From the amusing illustrations of what the terrible things that can happen through badly placed commas and apostrophes to the less consequential, but more irritating, grammatical howlers, Truss explains all, sometimes with a smug giggle, sometimes in a whisper of conspiracy, and sometimes with a blaze of indignant energy.
This is a book sure to be enjoyed by all.
Praise for Eats, Shoots and Leaves: She's also jolly good fun, or at least her book is. Witty and entertaining as well as informative. Lynne Truss has emerged as our champion.
In keeping with the general lighthearted tone of the book, he praises Truss for bringing life back into the art of punctuation, adding, eats shoots and leaves Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood.
Contrary to usual publishing practice, the US edition of the book left the original British conventions intact.