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In one Agatha Christie novel, the whole mystery hung upon where the emphasis in a sentence was placed: Truss laments on the arrival of the e-mail and the vocabulary that has come into being because of that. I never knew that!

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It was, at least, educational information and, at most, spiced with funny examples. There’s not a whole lot more to leavves. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are.

I can be forever happy – will you let me be shoohs It turns out that we have a fairly good grip of how most punctuation marks should be used dats however, most of us including established writers are unaware of the nuances.

Dec 01, Nastassja rated it liked it Recommends it for: I thoroughly enjoyed this short, funny book about British punctuation. A reference to this was made earlier on in the book: Yes, Truss is talking about punctuation. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. Truss bemoans the loss of knowledge or of interest in proper use of language. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.


If you ever felt a surge of rage at those who do not understand the difference between contractions, possessives, and plurals, then this book will be like a breath of fresh air for you. Lynne Truss does a fantastic job of putting ahead her case for punctuation; I, for one, am convinced.

Incidentally, did you know an exclamation mark is called a dog’s cock in some circles? Knowing that the printed word is always edited, typeset and proofread before it reaches us; we appreciate its literary eqts.

You see how this kind of thing is catching? Although, even more frustrating tguss when people defend the mangled “writing” as though it doesn’t leavrs at all. In the book, published inTruss bemoans the state of punctuation in the United Kingdom and the United States and describes how rules are being relaxed in today’s society.

May 04, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: It’s professional development, or something. As far as I am concerned, it generally ignores the way language moves to apparent regression when in fact it is merely changing, as it always does.

According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”. However I still aim to work on getting all the kinks out so that any ‘mistakes’ are simply induced from my unique way of phrasing, well, phrases.

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P assions can run high about punctuation. One of the things I love about this book is how Truss captures the punctuations marks’ true characters. Even if all you do is write emails, that means you. I am also very, very aware of the potentially contentious Oxford comma in the previous paragraph – not to mention petrified that in all my above ranting I’ve left a mark out of place and will rightly be in a great deal of trouble for it later.


No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people’s business.

And that is why I enjoyed this book. Now we arrive at the two pesky things: James Thurber, who fought Ross’s comma obsession manfully during his time on the magazine, was once asked by a correspondent why the paper had printed a comma in the sentence: For me, best of all, was an introduction to the Oxford comma.

Because no, my first language, my mother tongue, is not English. But she maintains a sense of humor throughout: After he finishes eating the sandwich, the panda pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter, and then stands up to go.

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More often than not, we don’t. View all 24 comments. Now, we all know the basics of punctuation.