Eats, Shoots & Leaves

I recently finished Lynne Truss’s delightful Eats, Shoots & Leaves last week, but I’m just now thinking to post anything about it. I’d heard about the book in a couple of places, but it was probably Mark Pilgrim‘s post, “The apostrophe is the modern day shibboleth“, that most inclined me to read the book.

What I found that I apparently make a mélange of current British and American grammar use. I’d have to re-read the book to give you specific examples, but I know that one of the issues is my use of commas in a series: I just cannot abide not using a comma after the penultimate item. It was painful for me to title Truss’s book in this entry as she does for that very reason.

I do make my share of grammatical mistakes, but they are typically due to my first-draft-is-final-copy writing style. I have always been this way, and it drove every teacher that worked with me quite insane.


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