13.5.04

The uses of A-level English

"Of course I punctuate my text messages, I did A-level English," one young man explained, with a look of scorn. Evidently an A level in English is a sacred trust, like something out of The Lord of the Rings. You must go forth with your A level and protect the English language with your elfin bow of gold.
That's from Lynne Truss's (you bet your ass that's punctuated correctly) Eats, Shoots & Leaves, p. 19.

What a devilishly delightful book.

4 Comments:

At 5/13/2004 10:16 pm , Blogger J. said...

There are some real gems in that one! -Jnet.

 
At 5/14/2004 9:19 am , Blogger wahj said...

What a coincidence - I just bought that book!
(and the first bit I read was on apostrophes as well ... =)

 
At 5/14/2004 10:12 am , Blogger Tym said...

I'm reading a loaned copy. Will get my own soon, and will conceivably attempt to read some of her bibliography as well.

Hurrah for sticklers everywhere!

 
At 5/14/2004 11:13 pm , Blogger Agagooga said...

I bought that book too. Good book :)

 

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