You can hear Lynne Truss being interviewed by Terry Gross about her new book on NPR's 'Fresh Air' at http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml?di ... 05/03/2004
Reply from Erik Kowal ( - England)
[The following thread has been attached to the above earlier thread so that postings appear in chronological order.– Forum Admin.]
[h]Posted - 20 Jul 2006 : 04:07:02[/h] .. an absolutely wonderful read that in a painless and harmless way reacquainted me with the wiggly marks that pepper a page .. apostrophes, commas, dashes, semi-colons, colons and the lesser known ellipsis all get a run .. the idea of commas
being the "scary grammatical sheepdogs
" of the punctuation world tearing about "the hillside of language, endlessly organising words into sensible groups and making them stay put
" .. and then "darting off with a peremptory `woof` to round up any wayward subordinate clause that makes a futile dash for semantic freedom.
" .. left me with a comical word image .. Ken, in another place,
And how could any person in their right mind write a book on punctuation with no index, rendering it essentially useless for reference purposes?
Ken G - February 12, 2005
.. well not so Ken for me mate .. this is a light-hearted historical, but learned and well researched, look at punctuation then and now and if you desire an index then get busy with the stickits and margin notes ..
.. if you want a good chuckle at a serious topic written by a self-confessed "stickler" then get a copy and settle in to learn little known facts about all those wiggly bits .. this is a book to be taken seriously but written in a style that makes it accessible ..
.. I leave you with what Truss suggests we can all do about "apostrophe abuse
First we must refute the label "dinosaurs" (I really hate that). And second, we must take up arms. Here are the weapons required in the apostrophe war (stop when you start to feel uncomfortable):
stickers cut in a variety of sizes, both plain (for sticking over unwanted apostrphes)
and coloured (for inserting where apostrophes are needed)
tin of paint with big brush
strong medication for personality disorder
WoZ of Aus 20/07/06
[h]Posted - 20 Jul 2006 : 06:14:40[/h]WoZ, you may not recall it, but you yourself contributed to another thread in this forum that is also devoted to this book. [That posting now appears above. - Forum Admin.]
I don't know if you care or not, but Truss looks askance at one of your idiosyncratically elliptical usages...
[h]Posted - 20 Jul 2006 : 18:32:52[/h]It seems whenever someone mentions "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" on this site, a chorus of "AMEN!" is heard in support of its wit, humor and value to the world. No surprise: I add my voice.
[h]Posted - 21 Jul 2006 : 05:47:46[/h] .. *picks up Bible* .. Erik I swear I did a search before I posted this thread and I did find some mentions but NOT the thread you posted above .. oh well .. and you may notice that I use a truncated elipsis; I use only two dots not three .. *grin* .. and it was only when I read ES&L that I came to know that ... even had a name and was regarded as on official punctuation mark .. maybe the powers that move things might repost the earlier thread into this one .. or something ..
WoZ of Aus 21/07/06