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A Certain Age
A Dictionary Of The Sussex Dialect
Audio: Books & Radio
Can You Eat, Shoot & Leave?
Cat Out of Hell
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Illustrated Edition
Eats Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference
Get Her Off The Pitch!
Going Loco
Making The Cat Laugh
Talk to the Hand
Tennyson and his Circle
Tennyson's Gift
The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!
Westwood
With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed
The Lunar Cats
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!
 
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The punctuation marks you use (and where you put them) can completely change the meaning of what you write. "Twenty-odd ducks" is an estimate of how many are waddling by, but "twenty odd ducks" would not only be a big group, they'd be a very strange looking. Imagine this without the middle period and the comma: "The king walked and talked. A half hour after, his head was cut off." Oh no - a beheaded king that can still walk and talk!

Along with the Eats, Shoots & Leave: Why, Commas Really Do make a Difference! and The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!, Truss and Timmons's punctuation hilarity now includes hyphens, parentheses, quotation marks, colons and more.













 

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