Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaser tuesday - 100216

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss.

This book I am reading for uni - and I was pleasantly suprised!!! It is all about punctuation - I learnt a little bit and it was a good brush up. It made me laugh so many times. Hard to choose a good teaser from it. But here goes

" Singular possessive instead of plural possessive (a list of misuse of apostrophes)

Pupil's entrance (on a very selective school, presumably)
Adult learner's week (lucky him)"

" Unintential sense from unmarked possessive:
Dicks in tray (try not to think about it)
New members welcome drink (doubtless true)."

pg 50-51


The above examples of bad punctuation really made me laugh.


Next week I will be reading fiction again so don't give up on me yet!!!

22 comments:

...Mrs.P! said...

I really wanna read Eats Shoots and Leaves, it;s been on my TBR list for ages!

P.S I gave you an award on my blog...
http://astudyincontradictions.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-award-2-honest-scrap.html

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

That's such a fabulous book - I think I need to re-read it!

Mrs. B. said...

Excellent! I should read this to brush up on my grammar. Here's my teaser:

http://theliterarystew.blogspot.com

Beth said...

I definitely need to read this! Here is my teaser this week.

pussreboots said...

I read that book about three or four years ago. I liked the grammar bits of it but the author whinges too much. My post is here.

Clarissa said...

PPMJ - yeah ..i think I could reread it in a bit

Pussreboots - Yeah, maybe a bit too whingey towards to end.

livemorenow said...

Fantastic - your thesis will have all the comma's in their rightful places and I notice that it's real English (not that buggered up stuff where they have lost their "u's" and have an oversupply of "z").

I should read it as that sort of knowledge is always useful.

here is mine, I have revisited Regency England for a holiday :)

http://livemorenow.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/teaser-tuesday-100216/

Jacinta

Wrighty said...

I've always wanted to read this. Your teaser is too funny! Have a great week!

Becky said...

intense and funny at the same time - very cool.

heres mine
http://pageturnersbooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/teaser-tuesday-secret-river-by-kate.html

Kaye said...

Good one! I think I need this book. Hope you are enjoying the book. Here's my teaser

Mary said...

This book has been on my shelf for ages - almost everyone in the family has read it and LOVED it. Great teaser.

Lisa said...

Oh, I hate misused apostrophes! Great teaser!

My rather naughty teaser is here.

Alayne said...

Haha fun teaser! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Lori said...

LOL, is he talking about me? I do get comma crazy...Here's Mine

Stephanie said...

I've had this book on my shelf for ages, and I've been told I'll love it. (My kids call me "The Grammar Nazi") Great teaser! And I do NOT want to see what's on those trays. ;-)

Kathy Martin said...

Love your teaser! This book was funny and made me self-conscious about punctuation for weeks. Enjoy!

Calico Crazy said...

Fun examples, I really want to read this. My teaser is up at Calico Contemplations.

Clarissa said...

I am so suprised by the response - I thought no one would reply since it is a book on punctuation - and seriously, does that sound interesting by itself?

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like a worthwhile read...thanks for stopping by my blog.

Rose City Reader said...

I liked that book a lot!

Glad I found your blog!

therubycanary said...

I've read this book twice. Once when it came out and was being passed around amongst friends, and a second time this year when I was being held in a quarantine after a swine flu scare in Korea. I was about to start an English teaching job, and it was a great little brush up and a chuckle from the tedium of being held in a government facility against my will.

Kelly Peres said...

wow i get comma crazy all the time!! Good teaser!! thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Kelly
@MidnightGlance