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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Book Review at BeTuitive

Sarah Eaton at Betuitive has a nice review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss and reviewed by our coworker Susan E. Fisher. This is a part of our BeTuitive Book Club.

Susan knows her stuff:

Do you realize the impact you are making when you introduce errors in your electronic messages? Do you even realize the errors you make? Of course, there’s a difference between simply slipping up with a typo and making a grammatical error out of ignorance. Those typos can be forgiven, but ignorance is unacceptable.

Still, the prospect of reading a grammar book may sound as appealing as drinking cod liver oil. It’s something we know is good for us but seems a bit old fashioned, and we fear it may leave a bad taste in the mouth. Truss serves grammar to us with a spoon full of sugar (much like that upright symbol of British civility, Mary Poppins.) "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" opens with a title that is a reference to a joke and keeps you amused along the tidy, 204-page way.

(You see, there's this gun-totting panda that enters a bar and "eats, shoots and leaves." The bear, it turns out, is merely fulfilling his destiny as defined by a punctuation-challenged wildlife guide. The guide reads: "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.")


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I've seen errors in several blogs recently and it drives me crazy. I always wonder whether the writer failed to proofread the entry or just didn't know better. It's important to be just as diligent when we're making a comment to a blog, too.

ES&L is a great book. It's humerous, yet practical and it's an easy read. Be sure to play the punctuation game here:


Posted by: Paughnee | Apr 8, 2005 10:50:36 AM