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

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Penguin, 12 avr. 2004 - 240 pages
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The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period.
 
In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, 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. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.
 
Featuring a foreword by Frank McCourt, and interspersed with a lively history of punctuation from the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuation.

  

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Easy to read and informative. - Goodreads
Condescending advice. - Goodreads
Delightfully dry and cleverly educational. - Goodreads
I enjoyed Truss's writing style. - Goodreads
a nice refresher, not to mention a change of pace... - Goodreads
Easy to read/skim, and entertaining. - Goodreads

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Avis d'utilisateur  - Rachel - Goodreads

This is such a pretentious piece of writing that talks down to anyone who does not have a degree in some form of English Language. It is patronising to the end and uses people's mistakes and a joke ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Avis d'utilisateur  - Nadia - Goodreads

There are a handful of fascinating chapters on the history of the English language here that almost redeem the book, but the occasional cringe-worthy line - the ill-advised zinger about other girls ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Publishers Note
Preface
Introduction The Seventh Sense
The Tractable Apostrophe
Thatll Do Comma
Airs and Graces
Cutting a Dash
A Little Used Punctuation Mark
Merely Conventional Signs
Bibliography
Droits d'auteur

Expressions et termes fréquents

À propos de l'auteur (2004)

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.

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