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Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 26. April 2004

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'A punctuation repair kit. Passionate and witty...fresh and funny.' Independent 'If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood.' Frank McCourt 'I laughed, I howled, and I immediately wanted to join the militant wing of the Apostrophe Society. This is great stuff: genuine, heartfelt and rousing.' Jenny Colgan 'Enchanting, full of jokes and anecdotes and information. It makes you love punctuation; you want to conserve what is left and perhaps call for more of it.' Sunday Telegraph 'It can only be a matter of time before the government seizes the chance to appoint [Truss] minister for punctuation. The manifesto is already written.' Guardian 'Truss deserves to be piled high with honours.' John Humphrys, Sunday Times 'Worth its weight in gold.' Independent -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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When social histories come to be written of the first decade of the 21st century, people will note a turning point in 2003 when declining standards of punctuation were reversed. Linguists will record Lynne Truss as the saviour of the semi-colon and the avenging angel of the apostrophe. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Es handelt sich hier natürlich um ein spezielles Thema: Zeichensetzung im Englischen. Das macht es aber auch amüsant und einiges lässt sich auch aufs Deutsche übertragen. Die Autorin setzt sich mit dem richtigen Setzen von Satzzeichen auseinander, informativ und amüsant. Wenn Sie also immer schon mal wissen wollten wo ein Apostroph hingehört, was der Unterschied zwischen einem Komma, einem Semikolon, einem Punkt und einem Doppelpunkt ist, warum es "Bridget Jones's Diary" und nicht "Bridget Jones' Diary" heißt und ob im Filmtitel "Two Weeks Notice" nicht ein Apostroph fehlt, dann liegen Sie mit diesem Buch richtig. Wenn nicht: Lassen Sie die Finger davon!
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I had given up any hopes of punctuation being used correctly when that movie "Two weeks notice" came out - crying out for an apostrophe. But when all hope was gone, this book came along.
Anyway, that was my first impression.
Now that I have almost finished it - and I'm having a hard time doing so - I'm quite disappointed. The first three chapters were somewhat amusing, but the author repeats herself all the time. Emphasizing again and again that she is no "grammarian" and giving Americans a roasting. I usually like that typical British sense of humour, but this is just too much. Not funny.
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The author is a self-confessed stickler for punctuation, yet what this book makes clear is that punctuation itself is only a few hundred years old, which is modest when you think that writing is much older than that. Furthermore, it is continually evolving, just like language itself. I'm certainly not going to claim that my punctuation is perfect, because I know it isn't. Within Amazon reviews, I deliberately don't use quotation marks around titles (although I use them elsewhere), not least because Amazon's software historically behaved strangely when confronted by quotation marks. Maybe those quirks are consigned to history, but I continue writing reviews without quotation marks for the sake of consistency.

Another problem for the author is my use of CD's to indicate more than one CD, where she says the apostrophe is wrong. I adopted the convention because it is widely accepted and looks better - unlike book's, which I'll never use as a plural; I'll only use in its correct context, for example the book's title. I also tend to use more commas than some people may think is necessary, but I'd rather use too many than too few. Reading this book, it is clear that the rules for commas are imprecise, though there are some situations where the presence or absence of a comma makes a lot of difference.

Over and above my obvious disregard for those (and maybe other) rules, I make errors too, though hopefully not too many. Meanwhile, the author may be a stickler for punctuation but did not research the meaning of a Scottish sentence that she used in her book, simply stating that she had no idea what it meant. (The answer is somewhere on this page.
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Now that I've finished the book I wonder why the author wrote it. Apparently only to let off steam about people (especially Americans) who use commas or apostrophes wrongly. Don't buy this book if you're looking for rules on how to apply punctuation correctly. You won't find them here.
The title and summary sound truly interesting - but that's about it. The same aspects are repeated over and over. Sorry, but I just don't get the point of this book. It's a shame that the interesting topic of punctuation has been abused this way. This is like writing an essay on maths and not being able to count to three ... For a "zero tolerance approach" one should understand the logical rules of punctuation - at least the author should. In my opinion some of the examples given in this book are simply wrong.
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PUNCTUATION: THE ENDANGERED SYSTEM

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

A great piece of humour and yet with a serious aim, this little book has become a runaway bestseller overnight and rightly so. As Lynne Truss has explained, there are many people who have little idea of the basics of punctuation today. This does not surprise us in the slightest.

As examiners, we have found scant regard continues to be paid to full stops, commas and question marks. However, by far the number one serial offender is the missing apostrophe. The story of the panda eating in a restaurant, then shoots the restaurant up and departs is an amusing story with an important message. The placing of punctuation in the wrong place can completely alter the message being conveyed… at some cost.

“A revolution in punctuation”, this book has been dedicated to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers in St Petersburg who, in 1905, demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution.

We have come a long way in over 100 years and the main casualty has been the written word. The ‘shorthand’ we have encountered in the last six years using the internet is enough to convince us that this book should be compulsory reading in schools hence a schools edition in 2006 with illustrations.

Besides, this book is a good read and very funny in places. To sell 50,000 copies in just over a week on release is a great achievement! It is true to say that the book makes a powerful case for the preservation of the system of what is interestingly described as ‘printing conventions’.
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