Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

By Lynne Truss
(Gotham Books, Hardcover, 9781592400874, 240pp.)

Publication Date: April 12, 2004

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Description
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.



About the Author
LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller" Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door," and "The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels," "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," for which she won Britainas Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a "Times" (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.
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