Long overdue, I am enjoying Lynne Truss’s “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”. Who would have thought that the topic of maniacal rage over a misappropriated apostrophe could be such an entertaining and educational read!
To those of us similarly afflicted with this zero-tolerance of bad punctuation, grammar and spelling, it’s hilarious but rings very familiar bells!
I urge you to dip in to this clever book, if you wonder what all the fuss is about, and to find out how an obscure martial art called Pung Shuai Chong helps the grammatically-challenged.
For children, there is an illustrated version in which Lynne Truss shows how the humble comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely… You might want to eat a huge hot dog, but a huge, hot dog would run away pretty quickly if you tried to take a bite out of him. “Children Drive Slowly” on a road-sign doesn’t quite sum up what kids do in their spare time.
The confusion caused by one tiny dot with a tail is illustrated for children (and those of us that didn’t pay attention at school!) in a way that will make you laugh and learn better punctuation at the same time!
For further examples of appalling apostrophes, take a look over here: http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/