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

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Penguin, 12 avr. 2004 - 240 pages
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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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This was a delightful read for me. Of course, like the author, I am always aware of others' punctuation, but I hadn't known any of the history of it, so actually learned something, as well. Consulter l'avis complet

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The stickler's guide to punctuation. A lot of fun. Read June 2006 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
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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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