Eats, Shoots & Leaves: the zero tolerance approach to punctuation

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Lynne Truss
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"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." - online blurb

Foreword / publisher's note / preface / introduction - the seventh sense / the tractable apostrophe / that'll do, comma / airs and graces / cutting a dash / a little used punctuation mark / merely conventional signs / bibliography
Physical description
209 pages ; 18.5 x 12.5 cm
Other title
Eats, shoots and leaves
Credit line
Lynne Truss. 2006. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: the zero tolerance approach to punctuation, PUB-2019-10.2. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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