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This review is from: Eats, Shites & Leaves: Crap English and How to Use It (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 26 Dec 2013, 12:01:23 GMT
Should that not be Ms Truss' book? ;-)
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