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Punctuation - What's the point?

When first reading ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ by Lynne Truss, I didn’t recognise myself in her humorous description of a stickler for punctuation who is constantly assaulted by the barrage of poorly punctuated phrases that adorn our streets, shops and newspapers. 799 more words

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Eats, shoots & leaves by Lynne Truss - a record of panda-related gun crime or a reference guide to punctuation?

Despite its mildly misleading cover, which features a panda holding a smoking gun deftly escaping the bamboo-ridden scene of the crime, Lyne Truss’ Eats, shoots & leaves… 419 more words

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Reading List, October 2017: My Last (And Next) Five Books

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost to the end of October, which means we’re almost to the end of the year. The last few months have flown by, and I expect the next couple will go even faster. 1,018 more words


Tory Cabinet Minister is ill-informed and dismissive when questioned about the 55p-per-minute Universal Credit helpline

From The Independent: Liz Truss, the Tory minister who thought Britain’s level of cheese imports was a ‘disgrace’, had a paltry answer when it came to charging welfare claimants 55p-per-minute to call the government helpline. 9 more words

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Lethal Punctuation

“Yes, you can see the bullet points here, here and here, sir; there are multiple back-slashes, of course. And that’s a forward slash. I would have to call this a frenzied attack. 90 more words


More than th-fronting

I keep on looking for instances of prescriptivism or metalinguistic comments on prescriptive issues in English literature. My call for examples in English Today recently did not produce any more examples unfortunately. 341 more words

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Quote of the day

Writers and painters alike are in the business of consulting their own imaginations, and stimulating the imaginations of others. Together, and separately, they celebrate the absolute mystery of otherness.   8 more words