"Eats, Shoots and Leaves"
Posted 16 June 2004 - 06:16 PM
I've just started it. It is informative, witty, and cranky all rolled up into one. The stickler in me is feeling well nourished right now.
Posted 16 June 2004 - 08:14 PM
Posted 17 June 2004 - 04:48 AM
It reminded me of the time when an office circular was put out stating "There will shortly be a review of government departments under the control of Sir Derek Rayner", which I read to mean that the powers that be did not trust the honmourable peer, but that wasn't quite the case.
Posted 17 June 2004 - 06:55 AM
One reason may be that many people who in the past did not write do now--the internet, with its message boards, newsgroups and other text based interactive systems has created a very "conversational" type of writing that is often at odds with the more formal prose in printed work. Many people seem to write the way they talk so that homonyms abound--"there" and "their" used almost interchangably and the same with "its" and "it's" for example.
Well written and fun to read.
Posted 17 June 2004 - 07:30 AM
I do think that part of the current difficulty lies in the way that many people write -- either in prescribed situations (reports, forms, anything with a house style or technical glossary) or in the casual form we see on the net. I do think, though, (and here's where the Pollyanna comes out) that this new emphasis on written communication is a positive thing, and that as more people write more often, some of these issues will be resolved.
And in the meantime, the mistakes can be very amusing!
Posted 17 June 2004 - 08:34 AM
Posted 09 April 2005 - 01:28 PM
Posted 09 April 2005 - 08:09 PM
P.S., I confess that when I read the title of this topic I thought it had to to with vegetarianism (confusing vagansmom with vegansmom). So I'm glad I looked forward.
vagansmom, on Jun 16 2004, 09:16 PM, said:
"Witty and cranky" -- my favorite British combination. I am told this describes me, too, except for the witty part.
Posted 10 April 2005 - 08:35 PM
Posted 11 April 2005 - 08:48 AM
Posted 12 April 2005 - 02:35 PM
Much of what Menand says is on target. In defense of Truss, I’d point out that many of his strictures are less matters of correctness than taste. It’s legitimate to fool around with your commas for the sake of emphasis and effect as long as you know what you’re doing. (I tend to overuse commas myself, and so I felt defensive on Truss’ behalf. .)
Posted 13 April 2005 - 09:59 AM
As to his charge of inconsistency, written language often aspires to "read" as it might sound when spoken. Menand mentions "of course." My use of "of course," with or without before-and-after commas, depends on how I would actually say the sentence in a conversation. I think this increasingly common in good writing.
Less acceptable might be the increase in exclamation points, italicizing for stress, etc. I love indulging in them in relatively ephemeral forums like Ballet Talk, but would not dream of doing so in more formal writing. So the marketplace for writing is a factor, too.
As for parentheses (you know: the ()'s) -- I love them (personal indulgence).
Truswell is helpful in separating British and American practice. Her discussion of the Chekhov story, "The Exclamation Mark", is worth the price of admission.
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