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Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats Shoots and Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Author: Lynne Truss
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 e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Truss dares to say, in her delightfully u...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781592400874
ISBN-10: 1592400876
Publication Date: 4/12/2004
Pages: 209
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 276 ratings
Publisher: Gotham
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Kylee-CT-mom avatar reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Yes, that's right, 5 Stars for a book about proper punctuation. I fully expected to get through this book only for my 2008 Challenges. In my mind's eye I saw myself reading a page or two and then falling sound asleep from boredom. I could not have been more wrong.

Not only does Lynne Truss make punctuation interesting, she makes it funny. She knows just were little punctuation puns fit. Who knew there were 17 proper uses for the apostrophe?! There was, at onetime, a movement to have a special mark to indicate a rhetorical question. As is stated on the front flap, "Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species." (not to mention proper spelling)

I've given this book 5 Stars not only because I enjoyed it, but because I think all of us who have been out of the classroom for 10 years or more could use a refresher.
mahbaar avatar reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I enjoyed reading this book! It definitely made me laugh, since I'm kind of retentive about grammar. I got a little bogged down in the middle, though. Even with her good humor it's hard to keep on reading about punctuation!
reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A book for those of us who are sticklers for grammar, spelling and punctuation. The book is okay, but it got a little boring.
reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A humorous, interesting, and informative book regarding punctuation and its correct usage. An easy read. Forward by Frank McCourt.
reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This gave a fun, quirky way to remember punctuation.
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reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 3558 more book reviews
This impassioned manifesto on punctuation made the best-seller lists in Britain and has followed suit here. Journalist Truss gives full rein to her "inner stickler" in lambasting common grammatical mistakes. Asserting that punctuation "directs you how to read in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play," Truss argues wittily and with gusto for the merits of preserving the apostrophe, using commas correctly, and resurrecting the proper use of the lowly semicolon. Filled with dread at the sight of ubiquitous mistakes in store signs and headlines, Truss eloquently speaks to the value of punctuation in preserving the nuances of language. Liberally sprinkling the pages with Briticisms ("Lawks-a-mussy") and moving from outright indignation to sarcasm to bone-dry humor, Truss turns the finer points of punctuation into spirited reading.

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merrytranslator avatar reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 68 more book reviews
Wonderful book! Very funny and point on!
reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 3 more book reviews
This book is very entertaining while discussing punctuation and grammar concepts we may be unaware of or simply confused about. The writer does an excellent job of leading us through each humor-filled chapter. A great review for writers everywhere and a must read for anyone who does more than text a message or two throughout the day!
reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 91 more book reviews
Funny book for the 'sticklers' among us.
frazerc avatar reviewed Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation on + 672 more book reviews
A book for all of us who automatically proofread everything from menus to billboards. It's not hugely useful if grammar and punctuation is your goal, but I loved the humor! It's nice to know I'm not alone on proofreading EVERYTHING!


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