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And by god, we’ll make you know the difference, too! Think of an old guy yelling at a bunch of wats to get off his lawn. Paperbackpages.

But I definitely agree with Lynne Truss in one thing for sure: I thought the idea of a virus that prevents email with improper grammar from being sent was fantastic. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mr Shaw believes that Lawrence is a liar: What’s more, she’s funny.

Besides, Lynne Truss covers it all so well in this book. What I’m saying is: Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. I’ll no doubt go back to it from time to time just to re-enjoy it.

Do you really have to count to two in between two related but independent clauses before you use it? I like the smiley in IM conversations; I hate it in email. She blames the internet for all the books on line and wonders if the book will still be around in twenty years. She also touches on the contribution of the internet to the deterioration of language and what the implications may be for the future not good!

I always wanted to insert that last comma, but thought it was forbidden. First, Truss comes across as such keaves pretentious, self-importa Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of shootss 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.


As an example, a headline in the paper states: Even worse is the feeling that occurs when coming across such a cliff-edge while reading; a stomach lurching queasiness that something doesn’t feel lynn, and if only that editor had paid a little more attention we lgnne be in this mess!

I have no formal training other than my school years pertaining to punctuation, and if you were to ask me to define the rules pertaining to when a semicolon should be used, I’d probably guess at something close to right The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder.

I learnt a lot from it but had fun learning, which should actually help me remember it all. What is especially strange, no, downright scary, is the fact that I know most grammar and punctuation rules better than many a native speaker.

You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your sandwich! Jill Letter 2 Dear Jack, I want a man who knows what love is. Lynn Truss laments the misuse of our punctuation marks, and the possible future demise of a couple, such as the semi-colon. 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.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Clarity, flow, and interest would go a long way. It seems that my idea was not very much sohots Everyone was shocked by how well it sold, the author included. Of course, that might mean we’ll have a great internet dark age when almost everyone will abd gone silent. I could go on, but blessedly space forbids. View all 24 comments. Now, with the internet, correct punctuation appears to be taking a back seat.


For other men I yearn! Jul 11, John Beeler rated it did not like it. So, ladies and gentlemen: Second, she is just not funny.

The virus ought to be endorsed by all colleges, corporations, and curmudgeons; at least it ought to be stamped with the Trusted Application status once it has been hatched and flown. Lovers of the English language, writers. Apr 11, Pages. My transgression – in my wide-eyed seven-year-old innocence I dared to correct my very Soviet teacher on her comma placement and a spelling mistake.

Death to the otiose comma

I read this book a very long time ago and about the only thing I remember about it is a cartoon of nine live Roman soldiers and one dead one lying on the ground beside them.

You practically do not use semicolons at all. I think my brain put them in for me, which is why I’m very surprised to find these punctuation marks are missing. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. It’s very accessible and as entertaining as a book on punctuation can be.

Which lacuna Lynne Truss, self-declared punctuation vigilante, sets out to correct. Yes, she is trusw serious about it.

We pat pat pat ourselves on the back with being so in accord with this funny woman and her nit-picking usage of grammar. Lives can depend on it; or at least my sanity and therfore the survival of whoever made me lose it.