Subtitled The Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation, Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a funny and lighthearted romp in the fields of punctuation. While the book does go into the mechanics and history of punctuation, it’s really not a primer, but more of an opportunity for us nerds who actually care about commas and semicolons to get some validation that it’s okay to feel strongly about something that seems beneath contempt or notice for many people.
If you like your wit dry and British and your subject matter somewhat esoteric, Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a lot of fun and well worth reading.
Some items of interest from the book include the fact that there is actually a term for the comma before an “and” as in: “The flag is red, white, and blue.” It’s called an Oxford comma, which is a really great name—although the origins are not explained in the book.
And yes, I stand in favor of the Oxford comma. Think about it. It just makes sense.
Also, the editorial sic is from the Latin sicut, meaning “just as.” I’d been wondering about that for years, although obviously not enough to actually go out and look it up…
Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.