Eats, shoots and leaves!

June 24, 2006 Comments Off on Eats, shoots and leaves!

Look, the apostrophe is not such a difficult thing in English! But reading the following on the BBC website just gives me the creeps.

From memory, those Frenchwomen’s’ secrets seemed to involve eating less and running up and down 16 flights of stairs whenever the kilos threatened to pile on.

That you don’t know where to put the apostrophe is already quite bad if you’re allowed to write for the BBC, but that you take precautionary measures by putting a’p’o’s’t’r’o’p’h’e’s in abundance so that one might end up to be right is just preposturous.

Link to full article (Caroline Wyatt)

UPDATE: Reason for the title

A panda walks into a café. 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.


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