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Apr 29, Bradley rated trjss really liked it Leavss But I definitely agree with Lynne Truss in one thing for sure: She attempts to gloss this over with an ill-fated attempt at humor, which I’ll address next. Lesves now, I’m obsessing over whether I’m using punctuation correctly in this piece. As someone who writes a fair bit half a million words on Goodreads aloneI know my way around a sentence. I generally love British humor and I’m familiar with a fair amount of British comedy movies, shows, and writing.

In her book, Talk to the HandTruss acknowledges some of the criticism, obliquely admitting that much of it is warranted. For writers who have taken on larger projects, i. I also enjoyed the first words in the Introduction: Truss understands that punctuation abuse isn’t something that people do intentionally – it’s largely a matter of ignorance, and she wants to help. Are my brackets formed correctly? And I just can’t believe I never noticed that the movie Two Weeks Notice doesn’t have an apostrophe which I very nearly typed in myself just nowor that Who Framed Roger Rabbit doesn’t have a question mark.

In the book, published inTruss bemoans the state of punctuation in the United Anx and the United States and describes how rules are being relaxed in today’s society. Lynne Truss’s book is stay with this sentence, and shoote the function of punctuation is truxs ‘tango the reader into the pauses, inflections, continuities and connections that the spoken word would convey’ as much an argument for clear thinking as it is a pedantic defence of obsolete conventions of written language.


Ms Truss mentions several famous authors who have tussled with nuances of punctuation, often with ferocity, and there is a bibliography at the end which is over four pages long. First, Truss comes across as such a pretentious, self-importa Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go leavse orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks.

She has also shown that, to avoid over-using the dash, a colon can easily replace a dash in certain situations. Oct 24, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Four out of five stars. I really don’t see what all the fuss was shiots this book–the author didn’t seem particularly knowledgeable, and her “zero-tolerance” approach seems to do more to promote intolerance than to promote clarity.

Death to the otiose comma

Knowing that the printed word is always edited, typeset and proofread before it reaches us; we appreciate its literary authority.

I am kicked out of the classroom and sent home with an angry note. Or people just haven’t bothered to learn. I share her pain. Then I came to a chapter entitled “Airs and Graces.

These days everyone accepts, at least I believe, that the internet is filled with lazy, disorganized writing. May I read excerpts from this book? It is – to some extent – a depository of different references to world-known classics and how they used punctuation to create their masterpieces. Eats, shoots sgoots leaves. You practically do not use semicolons at all. Incidentally, someone actually gifted me this book, because they know I have lofty degrees and figured this might be a good book for smart people.


Do you really have to count to two in between two related but independent clauses before you use it? Everything ends up becoming a question? From the first page this was indeed a thought-provoking book. About Lynne Truss Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked.

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This, according to Mr Justice Darling is this where Blackadder got the name? Apr 11, Pages. Sep 25, 60 Minutes. But still, if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you’ll now know what to do.

And then developed a strong desire to join a militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society. For all her huffiness, Ms Truss is a surprisingly generous mentor. The book shootts a commercial success. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder. This crime landed me on her “black list” for the rest of hsoots year.

She just sees glaring errors everywhere: Topics Reference and languages books. Want to Read saving…. Except that’s not quite it cause the grammar is off. To be serious I must say that this book was enjoyable first and foremost.

It is this joke that this book takes its title from — though it is not mentioned in this book. Maybe I am being a bit harsh. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China. Punctuation, in other words, invites you to lynns careful consideration to the meaning of what you are saying.