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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Lynne Truss

Truss dedicates the book "to the memory of the striking Bolshevik printers of St. Petersburg who, in 1905, demanded to be paid the same rate for punctuation marks as for letters, and thereby directly precipitated the first Russian Revolution"

The (very British) Society For The Protection of the Apostrophe

Ronnie Barker in TV 'Porridge" reading aloud a letter written to a fellow (illiterate) prisoner - "and now I must get on my lover" and then pretending to notice a comma "Oh and now I must get on, my lover"

1930 exam Q - punctuate this sentence "Charles I walked and talked an hour after he was dead" (Ch I walked and talked. An hour after, he was dead.)

Twenty years ago teachers gave up teaching punctuation because believed that writing dying out. But today a huge explosion in emails and texts - more writing than ever.

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