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Horse a Portrait A Photographer's Life With Horses hIt there is no reliable way of communicating meaning Punctuation directs youow to read in the way musical notation directs a musician Aircraft of World War I 1914 1918 The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide how to play Surprisingly the rest of my review is actually on topic But full review will join its friends in the uncensored realms of wordpresshttpsclsiewertwordpresscom2014 I m a snob In the comfortable safety of my desk chair I m audibly mocking you if you dare use your for you re my biggest punctuation pet peeve or if your emails are peppered with unnecessary exclamation points and an overabundance of emoticons I like the smiley in IM conversations Iate it in email It s just a thing When I meet a pretty young thing that I might want to break bread with on occasion I m filled with anxiety over that first email will she write in complete sentences with capital letters and periods and paragraphs or will I be left reading a ton of LOLs and dashes and ellipses The bad email is going to seriously Myth Taken Identity hamper this relationshipIt s with that kind of word nerd superiority complex that I went into Lynne Truss short book on punctuation I m not a stickler mind but I do know when things aren t written properly and there are certain crimes against grammar that I just can t abide Even though I m sometimes a lazy writerere I know the problems I ve been known to throw an extra comma where it doesn t belong and when I m furiously typing the there their and they re usage can get Amazon.com: The Underwater Photographer eBook: Martin Edge: Kindle Store hairy In the last week alone I ve edited recent posts over and over again correcting tense and errant apostrophes Eats Shoots Leavesas only succeeded in ramping up my snobbery and intensityI politely chided a friend in the comments of a post because she Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) had made a grammar error and she didn t even catch it That riled me up even It s driving me crazy that some old entries inere imported funny and now there are uestion marks masuerading as apostrophes and single uotes not to mention the number of dead links but that s web nerd than parts of speech geekery isn t it Even now I m obsessing over whether I m using punctuation correctly in this piece I ve got two The Jane Austen Project hyphens impersonating a dash and I ve got colons and semi colons up there that I m pretty sure I m using the right way but can anyone ever be completely sure SighBut yes I m a snob My blogroll is filled with bloggers who are actually writers or aspire to be If you re going to use words I want you toave a way with them I love that most of you understand the importance of setting off proper titles of books and films whether it be in uotes italics or the web person s favorite the bold and that you probably are wondering whether or not the period or uestion mark goes inside or outside the direct uote marks Ms Truss makes me feel a little stuffy about caring about such things but there is definitely a comfort in knowing I m not alone I appreciated most the Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? history of punctuation she peppered throughout the book along wither very dry British Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact humor and the delight with which she plays wither own writing saving the colon and semi colon until she is actually talking about them keeping the yphen And Dash Under Wraps And dash under wraps and exploding with them at the perfect timeIf you re a word nerd you must read Eats Shoots Leaves I ave for some timeIf you re a word nerd you must read Eats Shoots Leaves I Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, have for some freuently been recommended Lynne Truss s book though the reason escapes me friends whoave been Exposed To My Academic Writing to my academic writing are particularly prone to do so and I The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew have grown used to this strange phenomenon I m sure it says about them poor unenlightened souls than it does about me for some reason in particular very few people understand what a wonderful punctuation mark the semi colon is and that it can and very often should be used to replace the period Though there is also of course much to recommend theumble comma the average sentence not that I wish to imply that a sentence should content itself with merely being average could be much improved by the addition of one or two possibly of these Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru handy little beastsNo I simply can t understand it I suppose that a careful reading of Eats Shoots and Leaves could if I really triedelp me make my sentences a little longer and assist me in festooning them with additional glorious punctuation But why gild the lily based on a conversation earlier this morning with Jordan apologies to Bob Dylan Hey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meI m not sleepy and there ain t no place I m going to Hey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meIn the jingle jangle morning I ll come followin youThough I know that evenin s empire Are You There God? It's Me M has returned into sand Vanished from myand Left me blindly Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) here to stand but still not sleeping My weariness amazes me I m branded on my feet Iave no one to meet And the ancient empty street s too dead for dreamingHey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meI m not sleepy and there ain t no place I m going to Hey Mr Semi Colon Man play a song for meIn the jingle jangle morning I ll come followin youSeen yesterday in the window of a Geneva art gallery this 1927 painting by Jean Arp entitled Point Virgule semi colonI wanted to buy it on the spot Unfortunately a the gallery was closed b a little internet research revealed that it last went for around 900000 eurosDamn But still if you feel like giving me a really expensive surprise present you ll now know what to doFrom Pico Iyer s essay In Praise of the Humble CommaA comma catches the gentle drift of the mind in thought turning in on itself and back on itself reversing redoubling and returning along the course of its own sweet river music while the semicolon brings clauses and thoughts together with all the silent discretion of a On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS hostess arranging guests arounder dinner tableSpotted earlier this morning by notgettingenough in an article about Waterstones formerly Waterstone s I would A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) have contributedFrom today s IndependentFrom following day s Independen. Eword by Frank McCourt and interspersed with a livelyistory of punctuation from the invention of the uestion mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon Eats Shoots Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuatio. ,


This is I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad how I know I m a real English teacher Iave a shelf dedicated to books just about English The Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children history of English the uses and misuses of English and even theistory of the alphabet we use This is something I never expected to Dragonsbane have in my personal library that s for sure But that s all to be expected I m an English teacher and people like me are supposed to read books like this It s professional development or so Maybe it s because I suffer from a lack of punctuation knowow but this book irked me Maybe it s because I m a linguist and while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation I just can t get all worked up about it Yeah we all gotta Lonestar Sanctuary have good writing skillz But most sticklers for punctuation that I know are people who want to lord their intelligence over other people but don tave much to recommend their intelligence other than a knowledge of when to use a semicolon Chances are if you re talking about a Panda I m going to know that it didn t walk into a restaurant eat dinner kill someone and Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator head back to China Whatever Read it if your punctuation is good and you want to feel smugIncidentally someone actually gifted me this book because they know Iave lofty degrees and figured this might be a good book for smart people Hah Smart people like me need a good reference grammar and style manual not a funny book on punctuation Eats Shoots Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India humorous book about punctuation Who knew punctuation could be so entertainingAs someone who writes a fair bitalf a million words on Goodreads alone I know my way around a sentence However when this popped up on on the cheap I was powerless to resist like my dog on a piece of cat shitIn Eats Shoots Leaves Lynn Truss takes us on a Bill Bryson esue odyssey through a forest of commas apostrophes colons semi colons and exclamation marks Incidentally did you know an exclamation mark is called a dog s cock in some circles I did notTruss writing makes things like Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, how to properly use an apostrophe entertaining using amusing phrasing and real life examples offering up rules like Don t use commas like a stupid person It isn t all laughsowever I normally avoid colons and semi colons but I feel like she s given me a greater understanding of themThere s not a whole lot to divulge It s no surprise this short but sweet book is a best seller It s very accessible and as entertaining as a book on punctuation can be For grammarians and writers alike Eats Shoots Leaves is a fun yet useful book about fairly boring subject Four out of five stars We re called sticklers Or grammar nazis We know the difference between who s whose whom they re their there the correct plural for words or the fact that some words exist only in either singluar or plural and correctly use the comma semicolon full stop exclamation mark and uestion mark And by god we ll make you know the difference too DIt is so refreshing reading a book like this Honestly Many people as the author correctly bemoaned don t give a damn but they should Everybody should Lives can depend on it or at least my sanity and therfore the survival of whoever made me lose itWhat is especially strange no downright scary is the fact that I know most grammar and punctuation rules better than many a native speaker Because no my first language my mother tongue is not English So if I can know this stuff you can as well No excuses It s Not About Getting It Right All The Time But Reading about getting it right all the time but reading posts even ere on a literary website for crying out loud makes me shudder Some don t even use the full stop and especially in the English language where almost every word starts with a minor letter German for example uses capital letters at the beginning of nouns this is the worst case scenario if you want to know what exactly a person was trying to tell youMind you English speakers are not the only ones afflicted Auto Correct And The Laissez Faire Attitude Yes I Just correct and the laissez faire attitude yes I just a French term I m classy that way on the internet ave made sure of that It s not only the younger part of the populace either What I m saying is there s a reason for rules and not all rules are bad and if you don t get in gear I might take the author up on er offer and become part of er stickler militia lol Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough How Drawings Work hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers list for several weeks I could probably write a book of eual length a fluffy and yet tedious 204 pages going into what a disorganized mess this book is but I ll spare you Insteadere are three reasons why you should save yourself the criminal 1750 this book costs First Truss comes across as such a pretentious self important jerk that it makes the reading often unbearable Take this little nugget from page 104 To this day I am ashamed of what I did Truly Irresistible her response to a pen pal both in eighth grade to Kerry Anne who unsurprisingly never wrote back I replied toer childish letter on grown up deckled green paper with a fountain pen Whether I ACTUALLY DONNED A VELVET SMOKING JACKET FOR THE OCCASION donned a velvet smoking jacket for the occasion can t remember but I know I deliberately dropped the word desultory and I think I may Whisper Loudly have used some French Pretentious Well to adapt Gustave Flaubert s famous identification with Emma Bovary Adrian Mole age de treize ans et trois uarts c est moi I don t speak French and she leaves this line pretentiously untranslated so I llave to give I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life her the benefit of the doubt However she does not seemed toave learned much from this unrepentantly asshole experience note she goes on to use poor Kerry Anne four times for Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 her examples because she spends the entire book essentially trying to tell the world what to do You might wonder to what end High standards A love of literature No juster own need to In Eats Shoots Leaves former editor Lynne Truss gravely concerned about our current grammatical state boldly defends proper punctuation She proclaims in er delightfully urbane witty and very English way that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see. ,

Ound sophisticated and manage other people s business She attempts to gloss this over with an ill fated attempt at umor which I ll address next Second she is just not funny I generally love British umor and I m familiar with a fair amount of British comedy movies shows and writing I think she must ave produced the least funny attempt at The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) humor in British publication in the last 100 years Her jokes are based on a shared sentiment of self importance not joy of the language Further she tries to come across as appealing to everyone and treatinger targets with cautious respect but she ends up just taking cheap shots at greengrocers teenagers and the illiterate fear of losing language to the barbarians That s the sickening part Couple that with Fret Work Step By Step her tedious recurrent references toer being single at at age 48 at time of press Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon her lack of stereotypical teenage fun when other girls of my age were attending the Isle of Wight Festival andaving abortions I bought a copy of Eric Partridge s Usage and Abusage and Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE her repeat references to the same stale jokes Sir Roger Casementanged on a comma and you get a long tiring read Her style is an attempt at tongue in cheek but she really just can t pull it off Finally the book does not even achieve what it aims to That s impressive for a book pumped ten times the size of its meaningful contents Truss s real issue seems to be dissatisfaction with lowered standards by the public She lumps improper punctuation in with poor grammar and phonetic spelling and in the process she looses sight of Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab her original aim Poor writing she assumes is due to primarily to ignorance she deplores shorthand writing for text messages but fails to consider the utility in that context she doesn t criticize court stenographers using official shorthand Further she seems to interpret lax writing as a sign of social and perhaps moral decay rather than personal standards for what matters These days everyone accepts at least I believe that the internet is filled with lazy disorganized writing Iold most all my own writing to Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) high standards including this book review because it matters to me I don t think it makes much sense or does much good to blow off steam about the masses lazy writing on the internet There s no clear thesis and no clear argument That s the death call for expository writing and defeats the entire purpose of writing the book The book fails as an educational tool and cannot be redeemed on itsumor or otherwise I ve always Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) hadigh standards with writing grammar punctuation spelling style but How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) havingigh standards is different from being anal Truss would Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists have benefited from revisiting The Elements of Style to which she pays a passing nod at the end and thoroughly editeder book on everything besides the punctuation especially the organization Clarity flow and interest would go a long way This is a delightful screed on the demise of punctuation in contemporary expression Truss bemoans the loss of knowledge or of interest in proper use of language Truss is a Brit and the usages The Sunset Warrior have not been modified for the American edition of the book A must and an enjoyable read for anyone who cares about our language for any reader In addition to gripes about the slovenly way that we write Truss offers someistory on punctuation Bad punctuation can force an innocent animal to live outside the law Now instead of peacefully munching it EATS SHOOTS and LEAVES I proudly consider myself a punctuation martyr The setting is an ordinary Soviet elementary school first grade I am kicked out of the classroom and sent Highland Hucow home with an angry note My transgression in my wide eyed seven year old innocence I dared to correct my very Soviet teacher oner comma placement and a spelling mistake This crime landed me on The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) her black list for the rest of the year This was the beginning of my grammar vigilante stickler life Do you think I can sueer for my therapy bills Sometimes I discuss punctuation when I talk to my mother on the phone In my defense she is a language teacher Ah never mind I don t ave a valid defense Yes I know I should get a life But I am ok with being Pathetic And Then I Found And then I found book And realized that I am not alone And ad a very enjoyable few ours reading the creation of a fellow grammar stickler And then developed a strong desire to join a militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society Why did the Apostrophe Protection Society not ave a militant militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society Why did the Apostrophe Protection Society not uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry have a militant Could I start one Where do you get balaclavas Should I be seeking therapy for this The bills will of course go to the aforementioned teacher This book is a must read for all the grammar and punctuation sticklers out there It is a witty and entertaining read perfect for those like me who startyperventilating and breaking out in Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) hives at the misuse of commas apostrophes and semi colons If you ever felt a surge of rage at those who do not understand the difference between contractions possessives and plurals then this book will be like a breath of fresh air for you 5 perfectly punctuated stars Punctuation can save lives That s right kids Take this toeart I confess I freuently find myself self conscious about my use of punctuation A few years back I even bought a copy of Strunk and White s The Elements of Style but Oh Susannah have yet to read than a chapter or two at a time before discovering something else to do even if it s bathing the dog Similarly I procrastinated on reading Eats Shoots Leaves and I really shouldn tave Full of The Founders of Psychical Research humor and information it explains some of the easier nuances to punctuation in a useful and engaging manner The reason it s worth standing up for punctuation is not that it s an arbitrary system of notation known only to an over sensitive elite whoave attacks of the vapours when they see it misapplied The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without. Them as the wonderful and necessary things they are Using examples from literature Pelé: The King of Soccer history neighborhood signage ander own imagination Truss shows Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes and theilarious conseuences of punctuation gone awryFeaturing a for. Eats Shoots and Leaves