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Aprinted banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to whereI live. If this satanic sprinkling of redundant apostrophes causesno little gasp of horror or quickening of the pulse, you should probably putdown this book at once. First there is shock. Within seconds, shock gives way todisbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger. Finally and this is where theanalogy breaks down , anger gives way to a righteous urge to perpetrate an actof criminal damage with the aid of a permanent marker. One almost dare not get up in the mornings.
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Some grammarians usethe analogy of stitching: punctuation as the basting that holds .. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is not a book about grammar.
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In the book, published in , Truss bemoans the state of punctuation in the United Kingdom and the United States and describes how rules are being relaxed in today's society. Her goal is to remind readers of the importance of punctuation in the English language by mixing humour and instruction.
The criminological metaphor in her subtitle - "The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" - has aroused some antagonism, implying that the arraignment of offenders is the business of anyone who cares about the language. What is most enjoyable about the book, however, is not its parade of errors and confusion, but its demonstration of the nuances that careful punctuation can produce. How do the best writers structure their sentences? So, for instance, the fastidious aesthetic details and social nuances of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty require a highly punctuated prose: slight qualifications are carefully marked off with commas, and parallel clauses arranged around semi-colons. It has to be nicely done. The ingenuous, half-comprehending narrative of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go relies on pairs of dashes, as his protagonist, Kathy H, keeps awkwardly inserting her explanations and reservations. Ishiguro uses the punctuation to create a narrator who is not used to telling a story.
UK punctuation conventions, which vary slightly from American i. US conventions. If you really need to learn proper punctuation, this book may be an excellent supplement to a more academic resource, but it may not do you a great deal of good on its own. Punctuation has been defined many ways. Some grammarians use the analogy of stitching: punctuation as [sic] the basting that holds the fabric of language in shape. Another writer tells us that punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, and stop. You are commenting using your WordPress.