Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation!, by Lynne Truss.

Quickie recap: A panda walks into a cafe. 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 toward 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 animal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
So, punctuation really does matter, even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death.

Quickie review: Bitchy, ranty, witty, brilliant. Never has grammar been so moist before (as in, not dry...not dry at all)! She gives hell to the green grocers, to the civil servants - to basically all us morons who deserve it.

Quickie recommendation: Sticklers unite!

1 comment:

Matt said...

I flipped through this book once and found it hilarious.