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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation 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 m sure it saysabout 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 m sure it saysabout 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 replace the period Though there is also, of course, much to recommend the humble comma the average sentence not that I wish to imply that a sentence should content itself with merely being average could be much improved by the addition of one or two, possibly , of these handy little beasts.No, I simply can t understand it I suppose that a careful reading of Eats, Shoots and Leaves could, if I really tried, help me make my sentences a little longer, and assist me in festooning them with additional, glorious, punctuation But why gild the lily based on a conversation earlier this morning with Jordan apologies to Bob Dylan Hey, Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for me I m not sleepy and there ain t no place I m going to Hey, Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for me In the jingle, jangle morning, I ll come, followin you.Though I know that evenin s empire has returned into sand Vanished from my hand Left me blindly here, to stand, but still not sleeping My weariness amazes me I m branded on my feet I have no one to meet And the ancient, empty street s too dead for dreaming.Hey, Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for me I m not sleepy and there ain t no place I m going to Hey, Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for me In the jingle, jangle morning, I ll come, followin you.Seen yesterday in the window of a Geneva art gallery, this 1927 painting by Jean Arp entitled Point Virgule semi colon I wanted to buy it on the spot Unfortunately, a the gallery was closed, b a little internet research revealed that it last went for around 900,000 euros.Damn But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you ll now know what to do.From Pico Iyer s essay In Praise of the Humble Comma A comma catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought, turning in on itself and back on itself, reversing, redoubling, and returning along the course of its own sweet river music while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a hostess arranging guests around her dinner table.Spotted earlier this morning by notgettingenough in an article about Waterstones formerly Waterstone s I would have contributed.From today s Independent From following day s Independent I m a snob In the comfortable safety of my desk chair, I m audibly mocking you if you dare use your for you re my biggest punctuation pet peeve or if your emails are peppered with unnecessary exclamation points and an overabundance of emoticons I like the smiley in IM conversations I hate it in email It s just a thing When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I m filled with anxiety over that first email will she write in complete sentences w I m a snob In the comfortable safety of my desk chair, I m audibly mocking you if you dare use your for you re my biggest punctuation pet peeve or if your emails are peppered with unnecessary exclamation points and an overabundance of emoticons I like the smiley in IM conversations I hate it in email It s just a thing When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion, I m filled with anxiety over that first email will she write in complete sentences with capital letters and periods and paragraphs, or will I be left reading a ton of LOLs and dashes and ellipses The bad email is going to seriously hamper this relationship.It s with that kind of word nerd superiority complex that I went into Lynne Truss short book on punctuation I m not a stickler, mind, but I do know when things aren t written properly and there are certain crimes against grammar that I just can t abide Even though I m sometimes a lazy writer here, I know the problems I ve been known to throw an extra comma where it doesn t belong, and when I m furiously typing, the there , their and they re usage can get hairy In the last week alone, I ve edited recent posts over and over again correcting tense and errant apostrophes Eats, Shoots Leaves has only succeeded in ramping up my snobbery and intensity.I politely chided a friend in the comments of a post because she had made a grammar error and she didn t even catch it That riled me up evenIt s driving me crazy that some old entries in here imported funny and now there are question marks masquerading as apostrophes and single quotes not to mention the number of dead links, but that sweb nerd than parts of speech geekery isn t it Even now, I m obsessing over whether I m using punctuation correctly in this piece I ve got two hyphens impersonating a dash and I ve got colons and semi colons up there that I m pretty sure I m using the right way but can anyone ever be completely sure Sigh.But, yes, I m a snob My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be If you re going to use words, I want you to have a way with them I love that most of you understand the importance of setting off proper titles of books and films whether it be in quotes, italics, or the web person s favorite the bold and that you probably are wondering whether or not the period or question mark goes inside or outside the direct quote marks Ms Truss makes me feel a little stuffy about caring about such things but there is definitely a comfort in knowing I m not alone I appreciated most the history of punctuation she peppered throughout the book along with her very dry British humor and the delight with which she plays with her own writing, saving the colon and semi colon until she is actually talking about them keeping the hyphen and dash under wraps and then exploding with them at the perfect time.If you re a word nerd, you must read Eats, Shoots Leaves Eats, Shoots Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a humorous book about punctuation Who knew punctuation could be so entertaining As someone who writes a fair bit half a million words on Goodreads alone , I know my way around a sentence However, when this popped up onon the cheap, I was powerless to resist, like my dog on a piece of cat shit.In Eats, Shoots Leaves, Lynn Truss takes us on a Bill Bryson esque odyssey through a forest of commas, apostrophes, colons, Eats, Shoots Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a humorous book about punctuation Who knew punctuation could be so entertaining As someone who writes a fair bit half a million words on Goodreads alone , I know my way around a sentence However, when this popped up onon the cheap, I was powerless to resist, like my dog on a piece of cat shit.In Eats, Shoots Leaves, Lynn Truss takes us on a Bill Bryson esque odyssey through a forest of commas, apostrophes, colons, semi colons, and exclamation marks Incidentally, did you know an exclamation mark is called a dog s cock in some circles I did not.Truss writing makes things like how to properly use an apostrophe entertaining, using amusing phrasing and real life examples, offering up rules like Don t use commas like a stupid person It isn t all laughs, however I normally avoid colons and semi colons but I feel like she s given me a greater understanding of them.There s not a whole lotto divulge It s no surprise this short but sweet book is a best seller It s very accessible and as entertaining as a book on punctuation can be For grammarians and writers alike, Eats, Shoots Leaves is a fun yet useful book about fairly boring subject Four out of five stars This is a delightful screed on the demise of punctuation in contemporary expression Truss bemoans the loss of knowledge or of interest in proper use of language Truss is a Brit and the usages have not been modified for the American edition of the book A must and an enjoyable read for anyone who cares about our language, for any reader In addition to gripes about the slovenly way that we write, Truss offers some history on punctuation. Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks I could probably write a book of equal length a fluffy and yet tedious 204 pages going into what a disorganized mess this book is, but I ll spare you Instead, here are three reasons why you should save yourself the criminal 17.50 this book costs First, Truss comes across as such a pretentious, self importa Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks I could probably write a book of equal length a fluffy and yet tedious 204 pages going into what a disorganized mess this book is, but I ll spare you Instead, here are three reasons why you should save yourself the criminal 17.50 this book costs First, Truss comes across as such a pretentious, self important jerk that it makes the reading often unbearable Take this little nugget from page 104 To this day I am ashamed of what I did her response to a pen pal, both in eighth grade to Kerry Anne who unsurprisingly never wrote back I replied to her childish letter on grown up deckled green paper with a fountain pen Whether I actually donned a velvet smoking jacket for the occasion I can t remember, but I know I deliberately dropped the word desultory , and I think I may have used some French Pretentious Well, to adapt Gustave Flaubert s famous identification with Emma Bovary, Adrian Mole, age de treize ans et trois quarts c est moi I don t speak French, and she leaves this line, pretentiously, untranslated, so I ll have to give her the benefit of the doubt However, she does not seemed to have learned much from this unrepentantly asshole experience note she goes on to use poor Kerry Anne fourtimes for her examples because she spends the entire book essentially trying to tell the world what to do You might wonder to what end High standards A love of literature No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people s business She attempts to gloss this over with an ill fated attempt at humor, which I ll address next Second, she is just not funny I generally love British humor and I m familiar with a fair amount of British comedy movies, shows, and writing I think she must have produced the least funny attempt at humor in British publication in the last 100 years Her jokes are based on a shared sentiment of self importance, not joy of the language Further, she tries to come across as appealing to everyone and treating her targets with cautious respect, but she ends up just taking cheap shots at greengrocers, teenagers, and the illiterate fear of losing language to the barbarians That s the sickening part Couple that with her tedious recurrent references to her being single at at age 48 at time of press , her lack of stereotypical teenage fun when other girls of my age were attending the Isle of Wight Festival and having abortions, I bought a copy of Eric Partridge s Usage and Abusage , and her repeat references to the same stale jokes Sir Roger Casement hanged on a comma and you get a long, tiring read Her style is an attempt at tongue in cheek, but she really just can t pull it off Finally, the book does not even achieve what it aims to That s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents Truss s real issue seems to be dissatisfaction with lowered standards by the public She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling, and in the process she looses sight of her original aim Poor writing, she assumes, is due to primarily to ignorance she deplores shorthand writing for text messages, but fails to consider the utility in that context she doesn t criticize court stenographers using official shorthand Further, she seems to interpret lax writing as a sign of social, and perhaps moral, decay rather than personal standards for what matters These days everyone accepts, at least I believe, that the internet is filled with lazy, disorganized writing I hold most all my own writing to high standards, including this book review, because it matters to me I don t think it makes much sense or does much good to blow off steam about the masses lazy writing on the internet There s no clear thesis and no clear argument That s the death call for expository writing and defeats the entire purpose of writing the book The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on its humor or otherwise I ve always had high standards with writing grammar, punctuation, spelling, style , but having high standards is different from being anal Truss would have benefited from revisiting The Elements of Style to which she pays a passing nod at the end and thoroughly edited her book on everything besides the punctuation, especially the organization Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way Maybe it s because I suffer from a lack of punctuation know how but this book irked me Maybe it s because I m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can t get all worked up about it Yeah, we all gotta have good writing skillz But, most sticklers for punctuation that I know are people who want to lord their intelligence over other people, but don t have much to recommend their intelligence other than a knowledge of when to use a semicolon Chance Maybe it s because I suffer from a lack of punctuation know how but this book irked me Maybe it s because I m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can t get all worked up about it Yeah, we all gotta have good writing skillz But, most sticklers for punctuation that I know are people who want to lord their intelligence over other people, but don t have much to recommend their intelligence other than a knowledge of when to use a semicolon Chances are, if you re talking about a Panda, I m going to know that it didn t walk into a restaurant, eat dinner, kill someone, and head back to China Whatever Read it if your punctuation is good and you want to feel smug.Incidentally, someone actually gifted me this book, because they know I have lofty degrees and figured this might be a good book for smart people Hah Smart people like me need a good reference grammar and style manual, not a funny book on punctuation This is how I know I m a real English teacher I have a shelf dedicated to books just about English The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use This is something I never expected to have in my personal library, that s for sure But that s all to be expected I m an English teacher, and people like me are supposed to read books like this It s professional development, or something The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to pu This is how I know I m a real English teacher I have a shelf dedicated to books just about English The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use This is something I never expected to have in my personal library, that s for sure But that s all to be expected I m an English teacher, and people like me are supposed to read books like this It s professional development, or something The weird thing about this book, a book dedicated to punctuation, of all things, is that it was popular with people who weren t English teachers Everyone was shocked by how well it sold, the author included A book written as kind of a primal stickler scream somehow struck a chord with the general reading population Perhaps there is some hope for our species after all.The reason it sold well, of course, is that it s well written and entertaining to read Far too many books about language are written by dusty intellectual Linguists who exude smugness with their impenetrable jargon and are completely inaccessible to the general public I have those books on my shelves as well, and nothing this side of a double shot of NyQuil is as good at getting me off into slumberland Ms Truss, however, writes like one of us She s an ordinary person who loves her language and who just snaps every time she sees a sign like, Apple s 1 I share her pain.The book is a well mixed combination of history, usage and style The tiny marks that make the written English word behave the way it does have come to us along a remarkable number of paths In the last millennium or so, marks have been added, changed and removed over time as necessity dictated One of her fears and the impetus to write this book is that we may be changing English to a new form that requires less of that rigid, form fixing punctuation.Or people just haven t bothered to learn.As she notes throughout the book, punctuation is one of those things that few people ever really get to learn Our English teachers give it a once over in elementary school, and then we never get a review of it, so we spend most of our lives just throwing around commas and apostrophes and hoping we get it right More often than not, we don t And we re afraid to ask anyone, lest we look like ignorant yobs.But to master punctuation meansthan just being a pedant and a nerd Heavens, no Mastering punctuation means controlling your language, which is controlling your thoughts The vast difference between a sentence like, The convict said the judge is mad and The convict, said the judge, is mad should be enough by itself to illustrate how important proper punctuation is In a language like English, so dependent on rhythm, timing and stress, punctuation is the substitute for our voice It tells us when to speed up and slow down, which points need to be stressed and given special attention, and which points like this one can be safely disregarded, if one so chooses.It would be very easy for Ms Truss obvious frustration with the misuse of punctuation to overwhelm her and poison the book Admittedly, she does at one point put together a kit for those who would be punctuation guerrillas and risk prison to set the world straight, but by and large she stops short at advocating actual lawlessness.Ms Truss understands that punctuation abuse isn t something that people do intentionally it s largely a matter of ignorance, and she wants to help What s , she s funny For example In the family of punctuation, where the full stop is daddy and the comma is mummy, and the semicolon quietly practises the piano with crossed hands, the exclamation mark is the big attention deficit brother who gets over excited and breaks things and laughs too loudly.Every section in the book has sharp and clever humor, a description of something as simple as a comma made in such a way that you find yourself laughing out loud on the train.So, if you ve always wanted to know about how to use a semicolon, or you re not sure if your commas are in the right place, or if you ve ever driven someone to madness by dropping an apostrophe into a possessive its and you know who you are then this book is the one you need Enjoy In Eats, Shoots Leaves, Former Editor Lynne Truss, Gravely Concerned About Our Current Grammatical State, Boldly Defends Proper Punctuation 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 Using Examples From Literature, History, Neighborhood Signage, And Her Own Imagination, Truss Shows How Meaning Is Shaped By Commas And Apostrophes, And The Hilarious Consequences Of Punctuation Gone AwryFeaturing A Foreword By Frank McCourt, And Interspersed With A Lively History Of Punctuation From The Invention Of The Question Mark In The Time Of Charlemagne To George Orwell Shunning The Semicolon, Eats, Shoots Leaves Makes A Powerful Case For The Preservation Of Proper Punctuation We re called sticklers Or grammar nazis We know the difference between who s whose whom, they re their there, the correct plural for words or the fact that some words exist only in either singluar or plural and correctly use the comma, semicolon, full stop, exclamation mark and question mark And by god, we ll make you know the difference, too DIt is so refreshing reading a book like this Honestly Many people, as the author correctly bemoaned, don t give a damn, but they should Ev We re called sticklers Or grammar nazis We know the difference between who s whose whom, they re their there, the correct plural for words or the fact that some words exist only in either singluar or plural and correctly use the comma, semicolon, full stop, exclamation mark and question mark And by god, we ll make you know the difference, too DIt is so refreshing reading a book like this Honestly Many people, as the author correctly bemoaned, don t give a damn, but they should Everybody should Lives can depend on it or at least my sanity and therfore the survival of whoever made me lose it.What is especially strange, no, downright scary, is the fact that I know most grammar and punctuation rules better than many a native speaker Because no, my first language, my mother tongue, is not English So if I can know this stuff, you can as well No excuses It s not about getting it right all the time, but reading some posts even here on a literary website, for crying out loud , makes me shudder Some don t even use the full stop and especially in the English language, where almost every word starts with a minor letter German, for example, uses capital letters at the beginning of nouns , this is the worst case scenario if you want to know what exactly a person was trying to tell you.Mind you, English speakers are not the only ones afflicted Auto correct and the laissez faire attitude yes, I just included a French term, I m classy that way on the internet have made sure of that It s not only the younger part of the populace either What I m saying is there s a reason for rules and not all rules are bad and if you don t get in gear, I might take the author up on her offer and become part of her stickler militia lol Delightful book Have enlisted for the corps.Consider Using the comma well announces that you have an ear for sense and rhythm, confidence in your style and a proper respect for your reader, but it does not mark you out as a master of your craft But colons and semicolons well, they are in a different league, my dear They give such lift author Truss writes The humble comma can keep the sentence aloft all right, like this, UP, for hours if necessary, UP, like this, UP, sort of bouncing, a Delightful book Have enlisted for the corps.Consider Using the comma well announces that you have an ear for sense and rhythm, confidence in your style and a proper respect for your reader, but it does not mark you out as a master of your craft But colons and semicolons well, they are in a different league, my dear They give such lift author Truss writes The humble comma can keep the sentence aloft all right, like this, UP, for hours if necessary, UP, like this, UP, sort of bouncing, and then falling down, and then UP it goes again Stop me if you ve heard this one before A panda walks into a caf No, wait He goes to, um, uh, Niagara Falls Yeah, that s it And this panda walks directly up to the edge of the rushing water, where he allows himself to plummet over the side to the churning froth below, wildly gesticulating with his arms all the way down The tragic suicide was a complete mystery to the panda s family until his wife came across a badly punctuated travel brochure in her husband s personal effects that said, A visitor to Niagara sees, falls, and waves From The Comma Denominator Good News No One Knows How to Use These Things by another of the grammar corps


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