Eats, Shoots & Leaves


Series Number: 478
Genre: Reference
Condition: New
Read: ✓
Shelf: 4
Goodreads: Yes


Subtitle: Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, The
Author: Truss, Lynne
Binding: Hardback
Cover Price: 19.95
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Publisher: Gotham
Copyright Year: 2003
Publication Year: 2004
ISBN#: 1-59240-087-6
LCCN#: 2004040646
Pages: 209
Address: New York
Dewey Decimal: 428.2
LoC Classification: PE1450 .T75 2004


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.