Eats, Shites & Leaves: Crap English and How to Use It Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This book pokes fun (although they insist it's a celebration!) at the strangest language on the planet - English! There are so many issues covered in this book, you'd think that the Englsih language was invented by some drunk fella in your local boozer!
It will even tell you all about Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - a disese you certainly will have dificulty pronouncing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite amusing in places. Not laugh out loud funny, and a bit repetitive but ok overall.Published 13 months ago by Ed J
I really had fun reading this book. A quick and pleasant reading.
I also learnt some new things about English. Recommended.
need to have a fairly good knowledge of english to understand this book, I bought it for a student learning English but I know it will be a while before he can use this book... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by Mikey
This book is an unusual twist on the original. Hilarious in places and the examples are pertinent and opportune all the way through.Published on 11 April 2013 by stacky
Present for my wife (English teacher) and is obviously a spoof on "Eats shoots and leaves" book. Has some great lines and is informative on how poorly language is used.Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Andrew King
Perhaps I am lacking the right sort of humour to appreciate this book but I simply did not find it funny. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2012 by TCM