Monday, November 24, 2008

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Hey, this is funny!

And it educational too. How often does that happen?

The discussion of punctuation was clear, full of good examples, and peppered with historical explanations and comments. I especially appreciated the last part--it's great knowing not only how and why to use commas but where they came from and why they have such complicated, contradictory functions.

I have read complaints that it is about British usage only, with little allowance for American variation, but I did not find that to be the case. Much of the punctuation is the same on both sides of the Atlantic, and when there were variations, Truss commented on them.

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