Eats, Shoots & Leaves

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a book written by Lynne Truss.[1] It explains the difference between the statements "eats, shoots and leaves" and "eats shoots and leaves." It explains by the example of a panda who walks into a restaurant, eats, draws a gun and shoots at the other patrons, and then leaves, blaming the incident on the instruction of a badly punctuated wildlife manual. The purpose of the book is to explain the importance of proper punctuation.

The book was interesting to read and a great commercial success – it was a best-seller. However, it had its own punctuation errors and inconsistencies, as a review in the New Yorker magazine pointed out.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Truss, Lynne 2003. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. London: Profile. ISBN 978-1-86197-612-3
  2. Menand, Louis 2004. Bad comma: Lynne Truss's strange grammar.The New Yorker. [1]