11.21.2012

{Worldview} Book Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Who would think that a book about punctuation (of all things) could be hilariously funny? Well, maybe not everyone, but if you're a word nerd like me, you will.



I'm referring to today's selection:
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
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by Lynne Truss
 
 

 
If you've ever gritted your teeth through church services or school lectures because of spelling and grammar mistakes in the PowerPoint slides, smirked when you found typos that editors missed in books or magazines, or even returned a friend's letters with spelling and punctuation mistakes corrected in red ink , then this book is for you.
 
 
 
I mean, the chapter titles themselves will crack you up (if you're a dork, that is). How can you not chuckle when Truss compares commas to sheep dogs, herding and organizing words and phrases into comprehensible English in the chapter hilariously entitled, "That'll Do, Comma"?
 
But the book isn't just funny: it's also informative. Truss walks you through tricky subjects, such as the subtle nuances of when it's appropriate to use a semicolon vs. a colon, for instance. If any of what you learned in your college or high school grammar classes has gotten a bit fuzzy (and let's be real here - it has), this book will be an educational and entertaining refresher course. And if you've ever felt alone in your Grammar Nazi manic frenzy noble quest to right all of the atrocities committed upon the English language by poor grammarians, then this one's for you. You are not alone. Check it out, because punctuation matters....
 
{The funny pictures were found on Pinterest.}
 
What are you reading? 

1 comment:

  1. OH my gosh... that is too funny! I haven't seen the tattoo image before. :)

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