Publisher's Note. Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots &Leaves has been reprinted exactly as it was in its original British edition, complete with British examples, spellings. Contents. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. LYNNE TRUSS. Foreword by Frank McCourt. Publisher's Note. Preface. XV xvii. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. LYNNE TRUSS. P. PROFILE BOOKS. First published in Great Britain in.
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First there is shock.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation ebook
Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger. Finally and this is where the analogy breaks down , anger gives way to a righteous urge to perpetrate an act of criminal damage with the aid of a permanent marker. It's tough being a stickler for punctuation these days.
One almost dare not get up in the mornings. True, one occasionally hears a marvellous punctuation-fan joke about a panda who "eats, shoots and leaves", but in general the stickler's exquisite sensibilities are assaulted from all sides, causing feelings of panic and isolation.
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Everywhere one looks, there are signs of ignorance and indifference. What about that film Two Weeks Notice? Guaranteed to give sticklers a very nasty turn, that was - its posters slung along the sides of buses in letters four feet tall, with no apostrophe in sight.
I remember, at the start of theTwo Weeks Notice publicity campaign in the spring of , emerging cheerfully from Victoria Station was I whistling? Where was the apostrophe? Surely there should be an apostrophe on that bus?
If it were "one month's notice" there would be an apostrophe I reasoned ; yes, and if it were "one week's notice" there would be an apostrophe.
Therefore "two weeks' notice" requires an apostrophe!
Buses that I should have caught the 73; two 38s sailed off up Buckingham Palace Road while I communed thus at length with my inner stickler, unable to move or, indeed, regain any sense of perspective.
Part of one's despair, of course, is that the world cares nothing for the little shocks endured by the sensitive stickler. While we look in horror at a badly punctuated sign, the world carries on around us, blind to our plight. We are like the little boy in The Sixth Sense who can see dead people, except that we can see dead punctuation.
Whisper it in petrified little-boy tones: dead punctuation is invisible to everyone else - yet we see it all the time. No one understands us seventh-sense people. They regard us as freaks.
When we point out illiterate mistakes we are often aggressively instructed to "get a life" by people who, interestingly, display no evidence of having lives themselves. Naturally we become timid about making our insights known, in such inhospitable conditions.
Being burned as a witch is not safely enough off the agenda. Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens.
We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in. It is not only the rules of punctuation that have come under attack but also a sense of why they matter.
Not because I particularly wanted to bare my soul in public, but because her death changed my life and created the conditions for the book to be written. So I decided to stay at home and concentrate on my radio career. I loved the medium of radio, and I had commissions already waiting to be done.
For the next three years, therefore, I wrote plays and scripts, gave talks and presented features — all of which led me to an even greater sense of professional fulfilment, but also, unfortunately, to the brink of financial ruin.
The more work I got from radio, the worse off I appeared to be. Then there was the more general influence of radio on the book, in that I wanted it to have all the Reithian values of informing, educating and entertaining.In the autumn of , I was making a series of programmes about punctuation for Radio 4 called Cutting a Dash.
By all means congratulate yourself.
I thank them very much. I'm sure it says more 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 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.
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