Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne TrussThis is a first book in a while I read in russian. You may notice that maybe it's not the best idea to read a book about english grammar in russian language. But worry not, I had a really good translation that was created with the help of many educated british ladies and gentlemen; moreover the original quotes were saved in translation and I had a bonus in a form of two phrases instead of one. This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuati. This book is not a grammar book but an entertaining nonfiction about the most funny misuse of punctuation. As you can see from the title, the original meaning was that panda eats shoots and leaves, but someone misplaced one comma, and the result is drastically changed.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Why, you ask? Because September 24 is National Punctuation Day! Yes, it's really a thing. Where would we be without those heroic little marks telling us when to pause, stop or get really excited while we're reading and writing? Not funny to me.
Not a reference book as such, but a humourous guide to the modern use of punctuation and why it is so important to maintain standards without being too rigid. Highly entertaining and education; I will Because we suck at it; myself included. She is an English writer and journalist. After graduation, she worked for the Radio Times as a sub-editor before moving to the Times Higher Education Supplement as the deputy literary editor in
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Rate this book. Either this will ring bells for you, or it won't. A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live. By all means congratulate yourself that you are not a pedant or even a stickler; that you are happily equipped to live in a world of plummeting punctuation standards; but just don't bother to go any further. For any true stickler, you see, the sight of the plural word "Book's" with an apostrophe in it will trigger a ghastly private emotional process similar to the stages of bereavement, though greatly accelerated. First there is shock. Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger.
We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.