Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
moving from outright indignation to sarcasm to bone-dry humor, Truss turns the finer points of punctuation into spirited reading. - Booklist
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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. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former
editor Lynne Truss dares to say, 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.
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.
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