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March 21, 2006

Eats, Shoots & Leaves 2

"The first printed semicolon was the work of good old Aldus Manitius just two years after Columbus sailed to the New Worl, and at the same date and place as the invention od double-entry book-keeping. But although I still swoon every time I look at this particular semicolon from 1494, it was not, as it turns out, the first time a human being ever balanced a dot on top of a comma..."

This was something I never knew before so I thought it was interesting... nothing much more to that lol.

"In each of the following examples, incidentally, can't you hear a delighted, satisfied"Yes!" where the colon comes?

Tom had only one rule in life: never eat anything bigger than your head.
(Tom had only one rule in life -- yes!never eat anything bigger than your head.)\

As well as the "Yes!" type colon, there is the "Ah" type, when the colon reminds us there is probably more to the initial statement than has met the eye:

I love Opal Fruits as a child: no one else did.
(I loved Opal Fruits -- ah, but nobody else did.)"

I liked these two examples because I could really tell the difference between the "yes" sentences and the "ah sentences. It depends on how the sentence is written and what words signify either reaction.

Posted by DanielleMeyer at 06:13 PM | Comments (0)

Eats Shoots and Leaves (intro and chap 1)

When I first started to read this book, the first thought that I got in my head was someone like a Nazi about punctuation. To say the least, by that thought I was starting to force myself to read the book. But as I started reading, I got what Truss was saying. I mean I know that punctuation really makes a difference with our sentences and the way we express ourselves through writing but it never really clicked until I read it.

"...Punctuation is 'a courtesy designed to help readers to understand a story without stumbling'."

"A woman, without her man, is nothing."
"A woman: without her, man is nothing."

I like how Truss said that punctuation is designed to help readers because by the two examples that she gave on the page after, I got two different understandings of the same words in one sentence. It all depends on where you put the commas, semi colons, colons, apostrophes, and more.

Posted by DanielleMeyer at 06:02 PM | Comments (1)

March 01, 2006

To the Very Heart

Cleopatra compares Antony to a fish (an ancient symbol of the male sex organ), then admits that she is a whore by profession, or one of those women 'that trade in love' and are the bait of pleasure for unwary men. She thus requires mood music as food o accompany her sport while fishing for her lover."

WOW! That's really all I can say about that. If there were any guesses of her being a whore before well after I read that I think that she probably was one.

Posted by DanielleMeyer at 08:45 AM | Comments (0)