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    Punctuation

    I recently bought an interesting, humorous, book on punctuation (I know that doesn't sound possible but it is) called Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The title comes from this remarkable play on words.

    A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires in the air.

    "Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

    "I'm a panda," he says at the door. "Look it up."

    The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

    "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.

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    Re: Punctuation

    This is a famous book. I haven't read it, but I should go to my local library some day and pick up a copy (along with 1984, from the surveillance cameras thread ).

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    Re: Punctuation

    Heh, I actually just made a little script in domino for book reviews n such and the review for this week was Eats, Shoots and Leaves


    there is a review for it at

    http://notesbus.queensu.ca/CommerceO...ommprogram.nsf

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    Re: Punctuation

    Sounds like the kind of book a literal thinker like myself could thoroughly enjoy.

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    Re: Punctuation

    Im currently enjoying.. uncle johns gigantic bathroom reader. Its great.. flip it open to any page.. learn something..

    of course.. I tend to only read it for a bout 10 mins at a time
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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinLiss
    Yes it's a New York Times #1 Bestseller.
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    That one looks pretty entertaining, though. I'll have to get it.
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    Mendhak I like your avatar. Tell me more

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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinLiss
    You can probably use it
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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinLiss
    You can probably use it


    Shaggy Hiker's post was correctly punctuated... unlike yours, which was missing a full stop.
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    Re: Punctuation

    I didn't read the book but I did listen to the audion version in my car. It was really very good and I now feel confident enought to use the ocasional semi colon. Annoyingly I can't think of a good reason to do so in this post.

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    I've got the book and I wasn't impressed; there is a number of inexcusable errors in it.
    Another light-hearted post from Guru

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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Guru
    I've got the book and I wasn't impressed; there is a number of inexcusable errors in it.
    As opposed to a number of excusable errors?
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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Hack
    As opposed to a number of excusable errors?
    Warnings, as my compiler would call them.

    Incidentally, as this appears to be a book recomendations thread can i add "Code: The hidden language of Computer hardware and Software" by Charles Petzold?

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    Re: Punctuation

    No; you may not.

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    I said "can", not "may".
    Evidently I can (and did)

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    Re: Punctuation

    You know, as I was posting that, I thought to myself the very same thing, but I didn't think you'd be as anal as I

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    Re: Punctuation

    Ive never, had, [ANY] punctuation problems. with my wr'iting- not sure if a :book; like that would. do me any' good what'so-ever.

    nowapropergrammerandspellingbookwouldbemorealongmylines.
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