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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Lynne Truss
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Why I love Eats, Shoots & Leaves

I’m definitely a pedant and a stickler. I can’t help it—I guess it was the way I was brought up. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect or that I don’t make mistakes—I definitely do. But I do care about the details—and I get upset when my team misses or incorrectly uses apostrophes or mixes up hyphens with en and em dashes. It can be hard being a stickler without feeling like a bit of a jerk. But, as a team of creative professionals charging good money for the work we do, being eloquent and caring about the details is important.

This book is for people like me. It's witty and lighthearted and definitely helps me feel a little better knowing that I am not the only stickler in the world! — Galen

From the publisher

Either this will ring bells for you, or it won’t. A printed banner has appeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live. “Come inside,” it says, “for CD’s, VIDEO’s, DVD’s, and BOOK’s.”

If this satanic sprinkling of redundant apostrophes causes no little gasp of horror or quickening of the pulse, you should probably put down this book at once. By all means congratulate yourself that you are not a pedant or even a stickler; that you are happily equipped to live in a world of plummeting punctuation standards; but just don’t bother to go any further. For any true stickler, you see, the sight of the plural word “Book’s” with an apostrophe in it will trigger a ghastly private emotional process similar to the stages of bereavement, though greatly accelerated. First there is shock. Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger. Finally (and this is where the analogy breaks down), anger gives way to a righteous urge to perpetrate an act of criminal damage with the aid of a permanent marker.