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Eats, Shoots & Leaves I

Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves is a really cool look at grammar and puncuation. It reminded me a little of Foster's How To Read Literature Like A Professor simply because of the lax and informal writing style that the author used. As I read on I couldn't believe that this book was a best seller. I mean really...who writes about grammar thats not made up of completely text book boring bullshit? (like my use of aliteration?) Apparently that person is Lynne Truss. I think that the success of the book can be attributed to its unique look at a commonly despised subject matter that is grammar. This brings me to the idea of standard written English. You really have to be an incredibly meticulous proof reader in order to write correctly 24/7. For some reason since I began to blog I feel that my grasp on proper writing has wavered a little bit. I believe that Jerz once said, "I am grading you on the content and thought of your blogs. Spelling an puncuation aren't my concern at this point and time." (I may be paraphrasing a little bit.) Therefore I concentrate more so on content than technical/mechanical errors in my writing. My friend Jaynelle often reads through my blog and shutters at my horrific spelling and sometimes winces slightly in disgust at my comma usage, but I guess that is where we differ as writers. Silly Grammar Pandas....

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Comments (3)

I'm glad you like the writing style. Does anything in particular jump out at you?

Leslie A. Rodriguez:

Well Dr. J, I really like how Truss doesn't beat around the bush trying to be too technical or mechanistic. She makes the content somewhat humorous but also lets the reader know that grammar and punctuation are two very important parts of writing and communication as a whole. I like that I am learning new things rather than reviewing rudimentary stuff that I already know. =)

Thanks for letting me know. I certainly hope I'm going beyond review in this class!

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