I know of Lynne Truss from her wonderful non-fiction writing guide ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’. The fact that this made me determined to get my hands on her new novel says much more about Truss’s writing than about my innate interest in punctuation. 596 more words
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You are at your desk, staring at the blackboard. On it is written,
I only wanted a cup of tea.
Mr. Vince is pacing around in front of the board, wearing his perennial tweed jacket with the leather patches let into the elbows, white chalk in hand, and has posed the question: 794 more words
This semicolon tattoo belongs to writer Sarah, who is a self-professed ‘grammar and punctuation nerd’. As many more people should be.
The early semicolon
The first printed semicolon that we know of was in De Aetna, a folio written by an Italian called Pietro Bembo, and printed by his compatriot Aldo Manuzio (1449-1515 – Aldus Manutius is the Latinised version of his name) in 1495/6. 404 more words
As a journalist, there’s nothing more annoying than finding spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in your own work.
I confess that I always read my own stories first in the… 492 more words
Now that I’ve been reading several books on writing, I’ve come to the conclusion that books on writing should either be funny, matter of fact or zen-like. 638 more words
First I chuckled, then I had the worst nightmare (literally) and then I finished off reading this book with another hilarious bout of laughter! So apart from the bad dreams (more about that later) I totally enjoyed Cat Out Of Hell by… 206 more words