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Eats Shoots and Leaves Book õ 224 pages Download å Lynne truss ´ [BOOKS] ✫ Eats Shoots and Leaves ✭ Lynne Truss – The international bestseller reissued and with a new introduction A witty entertaining impassioned guide to perfect punctuation for everyone who caresLd be on every writer's shelf' Observer 'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours ' John Humphrys 'It can only be a matter of time before the new government seizes the chance to appoint her as minister for punctuation The manifesto is already written' Guardian 'She's a soul sister She's one of us' Richard Madeley Richard and Ju 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 eual 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 1750 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 uarts 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 four times 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

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The international bestseller reissued and with a new introduction A witty entertaining impassioned guide to perfect punctuation for everyone who cares about precise writing When social histories come to be written of the first decade of the 21st century people will note a turning point in 2003 when declining standards of punctuation were I have for some reason freuently 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 says about 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 beastsNo 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 meI'm not sleepy; and there ain't no place I'm going to;Hey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meIn the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' youThough 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 dreamingHey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meI'm not sleepy; and there ain't no place I'm going to; Hey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meIn the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' youSeen yesterday in the window of a Geneva art gallery this 1927 painting by Jean Arp entitled Point Virgule semi colonI 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 900000 eurosDamn But still if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you'll now know what to doFrom Pico Iyer's essay In Praise of the Humble CommaA 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 tableSpotted earlier this morning by notgettingenough in an article about Waterstones formerly Waterstone's I would have contributedFrom today's IndependentFrom following day's Independent

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Eats Shoots and LeavesReversed Linguists will record Lynne Truss as the saviour of the semi colon and the avenging angel of the apostrophe 'If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood' Frank McCourt 'This book will stimulate and satisfy It's worth its weight in gold' Boyd Tonkin Independent 'A witty elegant and passionate book that shou 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 smugIncidentally 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