Book Review “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”

April 13, 2008


By Lynne Truss

I’m not some grammarian freakoid, but if you’re at all sad to see the demise and misuse of the English language (as I am), then I have book recommendation for you: “Eats, Shoots and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” …. it’s a sh#t load of fun, in a retentive way (pun intended) 😉

Book Jacket

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

“Why?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“I’m a panda,” he says at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

So punctuation really does matter, even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death.


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