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Eats, Shoots and Leaves : Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Eats, Shoots and Leaves : Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592400874

Cover of Eats, Shoots and Leaves : Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation 03 (ISBN 978-1592400874)
ISBN13: 978-1592400874
ISBN10: 1592400876
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Gotham Books
Published: 2003
International: No

List price: $19.95

Eats, Shoots and Leaves : Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-1592400874

Lynne Truss

ISBN13: 978-1592400874
ISBN10: 1592400876
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Gotham Books

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Publisher's note
Preface
Introduction - the seventh sense p. 1
The tractable apostrophe p. 35
That'll do, comma p. 68
Airs and graces p. 103
Cutting a dash p. 132
A little used punctuation mark p. 168
Merely conventional signs p. 177
Bibliography p. 205
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