25. The nerdiest book you’ve ever read
I believe that the nerdiest book I’ve ever read is Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.
I’m a bit of a stickler for punctuation and thnk that this book is amazing!
Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens.
We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in. ‘Its Summer!’ screams a sign that sets our teeth on edge. ‘Pansy’s ready’, we learn to our considerable interest (‘Is she?’) as we browse among the bedding plants.
It is not only the rules of punctuation that have come under attack but also a sense of why they matter. In this runaway bestseller, Lynne Truss takes the fight to emoticons and greengrocers’ apostrophes with a war cry of ‘Sticklers unite!’
If I should see any Disabled Elderly Pregnant Children, I’ll be sure to let them know!
Brilliant! They should teach this stuff in school …
- My Poor Little Misunderstood Friend, the Apostrophe (fulltimewritermom.com)
- Do we need the apostrophe? (oup.com)
- Are Apostrophes Necessary? (slate.com)
- How to use semicolons and influence people (connect.icrossing.co.uk)
- Lynne Truss: how I was seduced by a cat called Roger (telegraph.co.uk)