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Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

by Lynne Truss

English spelling, punctuation, and grammatical terms, (e.g., "stop" for our "period") are deliberately retained in this U.S. edition, as the publisher states in his Note. Chapters on present and former use of the comma, apostrophe, colon, semicolon, dash, ellipses, other punctuation marks presented with humor. You'll laugh and be entertained as well as edified. People who read by listening will have a problem because the words will sound the same whether they are spelled nd punctuated correctly or not, e.g., d o n apostrophe t or d o n t. You may need to have punctuation spoken, at least for the chapter on the apostrophe, or have someone read to you and explain.

Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

by Lynne Truss

This British author of the New York Times #1 bestselling "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" writes a quietly satirical book about the loss of etiquette in today's society. Note British spellings and punctuation. Section breaks are noted by "! # * !" to represent swearing. There are many references to the "Eff" word without actually ever using it in full. There are several British slang swear words. Truss defines today's loss of manners as coming from the loss of verbal courtesies, respect and consideration for others, the lack of self-accountability. She blames the Internet, parents, the loss of customer service and automated telephone entry programs, and many other factors.

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