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Eats Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss | Education
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 3/17/2006
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Friday, March 17, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly
Who would have thought a book about punctuation could cause such a sensation? Certainly not its modest if indignant author, who began her surprise hit motivated by "horror" and "despair" at the current state of British usage: ungrammatical signs ("BOB,S PETS"), headlines ("DEAD SONS PHOTOS MAY BE RELEASED") and band names ("Hear'Say") drove journalist and novelist Truss absolutely batty. But this spirited and wittily instructional little volume, which was a U.K. #1 bestseller, is not a grammar book, Truss insists; like a self-help volume, it "gives you permission to love punctuation." Her approach falls between the descriptive and prescriptive schools of grammar study, but is closer, perhaps, to the latter. (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." Interspersing her lessons with bits of history (the apostrophe dates from the 16th century; the first semicolon appeared in 1494) and plenty of wit, Truss serves up delightful, unabashedly strict and sometimes snobby little book, with cheery Britishisms ("Lawks-a-mussy!") dotting pages that express a more international righteous indignation. 


Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 23, 2006

6 out of 10

This was definitely an interesting and fairly amusing book. I can see now that I am nowhere close to being a punctuation stickler :) 


Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Sending off to lolamarie in tomorrow's mail for a BookRelay. 


Journal Entry 4 by lolamarie from Bozeman, Montana USA on Sunday, November 26, 2006

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Thanks brewski for sending the book! 


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