Until that happens, I will enjoy reading books and recommending them to anyone who cares. :-)
Today's book is Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. This book was given to me by some Scottish friends after a dinner discussion that we had about poor punctuation when we were working in Botswana. I had never heard of it prior to that conversation, but the copy that they gave as a farewell gift kept me entertained on our 20+ hour flight home and will be on my 2010 "re-read" list.
From the back cover
A panda walks into a cafe. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots 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."
So, punctuation really does matter, even if it is only occasionally a matter of life and death.
I was reminded of this book a few weeks ago when I walked into a store and saw seveal signs posted, inviting people to make an appointment for their church or school group to come shopping. The signs (done on a computer by some worthy employee) read, "Your Invited". Take a minute to think about it. :-) There was one sign at a check out that had clearly driven the punctuation police nuts. On that one sign a comma and an "e" had been added (in blue pen) so it read, "You're Invited". If only that good punctuation Samaritan had been given a "Punctuation Repair Kit" - like the one that came with my book. :-) It's available on Amazon and you can get to it by clicking on the link below.