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March 14, 2006

Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2

Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2 -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I didn't enjoy this chapter as much as the last one. I wish Truss had included some comical examples of companies misusing commas like she did with apostrophe. I still found the material about commas interesting and easy to read. Once again, I think this material could easily be introduced and explained in a very dry way and I'm thankful this is Truss's style.

I really did not know there was so much history behind commas and punctuation in general. I found the beginning of the chapter very informative and interesting. Also, (I know this really isn't even about commas), I really laughed out loud when I read this sentence:

"Of course, if Hebrew of any of the other ancient languages had included punctuation, (in the case of Hebrew, a few vowels might have been nice as well)..."

I think that small addition of some comical relief is really great. It kind of makes me relax a little more and take a break from all the comma information. I really liked Truss's sense of humor.

The part about the Oxford Comma was also interesting for me. I think I'm for the Oxford Comma. I guess it's always kind of bugged me when people say, for example, "Peanutbutter, jelly and bread." Although, I think I may overuse commas sometimes.

"The wedding wasn't big and fat and Greek."

I liked that line, as well. I remember that movie and I never noticed that there were three adjectives describing the wedding but no commas. Some of her examples:

"Australian red wines are better than Australian white ones."
"It was an endangered white rhino."

This was just many things Truss pointed out that I really have never noticed before.

I'm really finding this book interesting!

Posted by AmandaNichols at March 14, 2006 08:17 PM

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I also enjoyed the Oxford comma point; unlike you I hate oxford commas. I guess I never really use that comma because in writing I think the sentence looks a bit funny.. and sometimes when I check papers I tend to erase the commas that people have there because I believe that the comma is mis-used. But as I continued to read I realized that the Oxford comma is a real deal so I think that I am going to have to stop doing that.
Like you, I also enjoyed the other chapter moe than this one because it brought more humor to the learning but like you said her style is so different but also easy and more helpful (for me).

Posted by: Brittney Aller at March 19, 2006 07:57 PM

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