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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843170981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843170983
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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" I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant' - Robert McCloskey, US State Department Spokesman

Featuring a plethora of examples that show how to get the worst out of the world's most commonly spoken language, Eats, Shites and Leaves is a wittily informative insight into how the English language can be used and abused in the twenty-first century.


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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C Reskew VINE VOICE on 11 April 2005
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This book is obviously a parody of "Eats shoots and leaves" and it's very good. As the title suggests it's about the bad use of English, or is that the use of bad English? Either way, it lists a number of examples of tortured syntax and downright bad grammar, and it does it in a generally off-the cuff manner.
Examples of what not to do include repetition, repetition, switching sentences between being written in the active voice and when you write in the passive voice, and using prepositions to end sentences with. Did I mention repetition?
It also includes a number of examples of celebrity-speak and signs that simply boggle the mind - "Dog for sale - eats anything and likes children" being just one such example.
Well worth a read.
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184 of 195 people found the following review helpful By "justjade12" on 7 Nov. 2004
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"Eats, Shites and Leaves" is the parody of Lynne Truss' "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" and is a much kinder read for anyone interested enough to give it a go. I would suggest that it is mostly suited for those with a minor obsession with the English Language; whether they are students, teachers or just "Sticklers" who appreciate English fully and can still joke about it.
As an English Student, I found the book both interesting and entertaining, even though at first glance it appears to be a list of English "Do's and Don'ts"; which by the way quite a lot of it is. If you can plough through the lists and deliberate mistakes (I recommend small doses), you'll find that it is very cleverly written and leaves you feeling as if you've been entertained, rather than preached to about spelling, grammar and "good English" for 165 pages. The whole book is brilliantly illustrated with examples of "bad English", delighting in the oral blunders of all the people we love to see stuff-up their precisely constructed speeches, ranging from George W. Bush to Britney Spears.
If you are thinking about reading/purchasing this book and you haven't yet read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" I strongly advise that you do so at some point before or after reading "Eats, Shites and Leaves". Although they aren't closely related as parodies go, they do neatly complement each other and are more interesting in combination.
Overall "Eats, Shites and Leaves" is a good read, managing to incorporate entertainment, interesting facts and actual education in an approachable and funny way. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to read, especially with Christmas just around the corner.
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98 of 126 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2004
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This one of the very few books I have ever regretted buying.
Starting off with a statement that seems to suggest that the relevance of rules in a living language are of minor importance - a stance with which I heartily disagree, incidentally - the book then goes off into a badly structured exposition of rules interspersed with attempts at humour.
Eats, shoots, and leaves I read with enjoyment. It was both informative and entertaining, and had structure. This low-grade imitation I found myself skimming, trying to find something worth spending time reading. It was not a fruitful search.
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves was an unexpected and surprising but well deserved success. I suppose it was bound to spawn copy-cats. This book, in my view, fails as an imitation and as a parody.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rex Rover on 15 Nov. 2006
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a few clever snippets, a few good quotes, I've read around so I see a lot of "been done before" stuff, for me the title is still the most memorable bit. I really like the title!
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By Rory Mercer VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2008
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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. The superbly humorous collection of malformed English quotations is presented in a manner that is incredibly amusing regardless of your understanding (or lack thereof) of the matters being discussed. A perfect gift for the picky English teacher or anyone for that matter. Definitely worth buying!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. J. A. Jennings on 19 Dec. 2004
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This book was, of course, prompted by "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" and is billed as a parody (well it's written by one). As such it will always be compared and contrasted to Ms Truss's book. However they complement each other very nicely.
If you adsorb the the points made you will write better English. The book should be taken in small doses, but this is made easy because it is well leavened with humour and any given topic rarely runs for more than one page. Perhaps the most important section is "The complete rules for good writing" which is broken down into 5 separate pieces scattered throughout the book. They are each written in a style that illustrates exactly how not to do what they are describing. For example "Never use a big word where a diminutive alternative would suffice".
If I have a criticism, it is that there is a heavy use of celebrity quotations illustrating various gaffs. All too easy to do on the spur of the moment, or if you are George Bush.
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By TCM on 4 Oct. 2012
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Perhaps I am lacking the right sort of humour to appreciate this book but I simply did not find it funny. It felt to me as if the author had had an idea in a pub one night and then rushed this book out within the week in order to cash in on the success of Lynne Truss' "Eats, Shoots And Leaves".

Sorry - but I simply cannot recommend it.
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Crap. It doesn't have the apostrophe - I checked the index!

I still love this book, much food for thought and it made me laugh.

N.B. Found the apostrophe on page 54 - contractions only though!
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