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Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation | Lynne Truss
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We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.
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TheAromaofBooks
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The author tells you in the beginning whether or not this book is for you by telling you of a sign on a shop near her house that says, “Come inside for CD's, VIDEO's, DVD's, and BOOK's.“ As Truss says, “If this satanic sprinkling of redundant apostrophes causes no little gasp of horror or quickening of the pulse, you should probably put down this book at once.“

A delightful reread for the #24b4Monday readathon, bringing me to 6hrs 45mins -

TheAromaofBooks - pretty solid for a very busy weekend! It was interesting to track my reading time, something I've never tried before. 3w
rretzler I enjoyed this one as well! 3w
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 I may need to reread this! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @UwannaPublishme @rretzler - I had forgotten how funny this book is. It's a soothing read for someone passionate about misplaced apostrophes! 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
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I've never tried a readathon before, so I thought I would give this one a whirl!! I don't know how much time I'll have to just sit and read, so I'm setting 24 hours as my goal and I will see what happens. I'll post my proposed stack tomorrow, but I know that the tagged book will be in it!!

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72 #24B4Monday

jb72 Awesome! So glad to have you join us. 3w
Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Have fun. 😊👍 3w
TheAromaofBooks @jb72 @Andrew 65 - thanks!! I'm really enjoying finding fun activities on Litsy. :-) 3w
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KarenUK
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#LilithJuly #myfavoritemistake
This prompt made me think of grammatical mistakes, and this book & Oxford comma joke.... maybe because I make so many! 😂🤦‍♀️
This book is really fun.... 💕

Cinfhen Ha!!! I need this book, big time!!!! My grammar and spelling is atrocious 😜 1mo
CarolynM I loved this book, it's so funny as well as instructive. 1mo
Tex2Flo I live for the Oxford comma! (My colleagues hate me, but I‘m obsessed.) 1mo
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Exbrarian
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😂

sudi 😂😂😂 2mo
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jdgilbert41

“If this satanic sprinkling of redundant apostrophes causes no little gasp of horror or quickening if the pulse, you should probably put down this book at once.”

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jdgilbert41
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I‘m geeking out! 🤓 I‘m so excited to read this!

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RaimeyGallant
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Pickpick

I expected dry, headache-inducing chapters about punctuation. Instead, I got a quick, hilarious read in which the punctuation lessons are leavened with wit, and the history of punctuation, cherry-picked for its quirkiest moments. If you're behind on your reading goals for this year, this book is 200 pages. The author, as shown above on her book jacket, is defacing property, because the movie "Two Weeks Notice" is missing an apostrophe—the horror!

mkinney10 This was a required book for my English 101 class and I absolutely loved it! Still memorable 14 years later (eek!) 9mo
tournevis I've bought this for so many Anglophones! 9mo
CarolynM Love this book, it's hilarious💖 9mo
Deborah42 Loved it! I never expected a book about punctuation to be so supremely entertaining. 9mo
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RaimeyGallant
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The magic that happens with edited punctuation!

"A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing."

MyBookSwapClub Spot on :) 9mo
Moony Wonderful picture ♡ 9mo
readordierachel LOVE this 9mo
AutumnRLS Great book! 9mo
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Martyn_J_Pass
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Thank you spell checker - the word ‘unputdownable‘ is an unpardonable use of the English language lol.
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#writer #author #martynjpass #romance #book

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BookNerd9906
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Jennick2004 🤣🤣 9mo
vkois88 Cute! 9mo
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MrBook
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😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

Mindyrecycles 😂 10mo
julesG 😂😂😂😂 10mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom 😂😂😂😂😂😂 10mo
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LiteraryinLititz 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
Megara @TheBookDream 😂😂 The Oxford comma needs to be revived from its coma. 10mo
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sophierayton
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Fun and informative. Living in a grammar-free world would be much less stress, but since grammar seems to be here to stay, we should probably try to use it properly. I think grammar-nazis are terrible though, and they should be more kind and understanding of people who don't know better. All communication is valid.

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GlassAsDiamonds
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Sign I‘m passing at the moment .... anyone want to start with the red pen of grammar Damocles? 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

CarolynM 😂😂 10mo
MayJasper Lost in translation⁉️ 10mo
AlaMich 😳🤣 10mo
BiblioLitten 🙋🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 😁 10mo
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SiriGuruDevSingh
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😂❤️❤️❤️

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Becker
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Who knew punctuation could be so fun?

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AudreyMorris
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Fresh Oyster‘s—fresh oysters what?! This same menu also said ‘fish and chips‘. Yes, I‘m single quotes. It was actual fish, not vegan fish. We debated why the quotes were there and ordered other things.

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SleepyDragon
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Book: tagged
Author: e. e cummings
Movie: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Food: egg foo yung

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️ 12mo
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reiko
Pickpick

Actually very entertaining. A book about punctuation.

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Soozee
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I‘m a bit late with this one but my #bookishpetpeeve came to me this morning. Punctuation! Or rather lack of it, especially where speech is involved. I can‘t stand it when there are no speech marks. How are we supposed to know whether someone is talking or whether it is just a general comment? This is why we have speech marks, right? So I don‘t have to waste my time re-reading paragraphs and sentences .
#readingresolutions @Jess7

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MrBook
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After recently finishing "Life of Pi", this hits home. ? ?#LitsyHumor

ephemeralwaltz 😂😂😂😂 1y
Craftylikefox 😂😂😂😂 1y
Ddzmini Oh okay if your a savage 👀😳🤢🤮 1y
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MrBook
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Because Littens will call you out on it! 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 #LitsyHumor

GripLitGrl 😄😄😄 1y
Ddzmini 😝🤣 1y
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LauraBeth
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I did a double-take when I read this. This should say “98 live baby SHARKS...” Missing words matter! 😂 #grammarpoliceonduty

pilardib 😂 1y
AvidReaderandGeekGirl I'm guessing they meant baby sharks not baby humans lol 1y
LeahBergen That‘s exactly what I thought when I first read it! 😂😂 1y
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MicheleinPhilly Considering it‘s the NY Post I‘m surprised they didn‘t find a way to blame Planned Parenthood or Democrats with that headline. 1y
rubyslippersreads 😱🦈 1y
JSW This is one for @MrBook !! 🤭😂😂😂 1y
OrangeMooseReads 😂🤣 I was a bit confused at first 1y
Redwritinghood Well . . . It‘s the New York Post. 1y
AmyG 😬😬😬 1y
Karkar Omg I about died until I saw it was Sharks 🦈 and not humans 1y
MrBook 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I remember that right after I had moved to NYC, and before I knew about the Post‘s right-wing-bias, I bought a copy and brought it to work and EVERYONE in the office was disgusted and chastised me for reading “that rag!” 😂 1y
LauraBeth @AvidReaderandGeekGirl I think so! 😂 1y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen LIVE BABIES! 🙀🙀 1y
LauraBeth @pilardib, @rubyslippersreads, @JSW, @AmyG, @Karkar, @MrBook They‘ve corrected the headline! 😂 1y
Chrys 😂 Where was the editor? 1y
minkyb ewwww... 1y
rohit-sawant 😂😂 1y
Suet624 Good lord. I just finished a book about a doctor who saves refugees as they try to make it across the ocean to his island. Many die. This headline seemed totally plausible when I saw it. 1y
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Libby1
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I was recently at our local museum and chuckled at this description!

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CrowCAH
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ValerieAndBooks I got quotation marks! And have read this book rec a few times already 👏🙌! “We quote to adequately depict our innermost thoughts that we may not be able to verbalize. You're a reflective and gentle soul who enjoys curling up with a good book. Read Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, a disturbing and fascinating tale.”

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CrowCAH @ValerieAndBooks “That‘s great” 😉 Haven‘t read Dorian Gray yet, but would love to read that modern classic!!! 1y
Amabear I got this too!!! 1y
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CrowCAH @Amabear yes, we are amazing! 😊 1y
Amabear @CrowCAH Iv been stalking your page 😂 we should be friends. So much in common! 1y
CrowCAH @Amabear no problem for the stalking! Love it! Of course we‘re Litsy friends now!!! 1y
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Libby1
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🤣🤣🤣

Love that Oxford comma.

Sorry the whole meme wouldn‘t fit in the photo edit.

SilversReviews I always use it. :) 1y
Betty Ah, now I understand the Oxford comma. 1y
PenguinInFlight Haha! This is one of my favorite grammar memes. I am most definitely an Oxford Comma advocate. 🙌🏻 1y
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Eggs Hail to Oxford Comma 🤗 1y
LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
Libby1 @SilversReviews , @Betty , @PenguinInFlight , @OrangeMooseReads , @Eggs , @LeahBergen - people tend not to use it where I live but I love it! 1y
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Readage
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• well, now I know: I‘m a COMMA!!! 😉 •

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/what-punctuation-mark-are-you/

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thecurlybookworm
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#riotgrams Day 11: punctuation

This prompt was so difficult! Most of the punctuation in my shelf is apostrophes—was glad to also find a hyphen, an exclamation mark, a comma, & an ampersand. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is one of my favorite books :D

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CatchMyBookBreath
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Pickpick

#riotgrams theme today is #punctuation . Time for comma wars! Starlord and Gamora will fight it out for us. I am forever on #teamoxfordcomma !😀

tpixie #TeamOxfordComma me too! I just listened today to an episode on the Annotated podcast in which they discussed the Oxford comma. (edited) 2y
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Lcsmcat
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My favorite book on #punctuation, and probably the most-used for this prompt! #riotgrams @Liberty

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CarolynM
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#riotgrams #punctuation

Both funny and serious. Indispensable!

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KerriNTurner
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Some writerly books I recently picked up...

CarolynM Love Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It's hilarious as well as making some good points 2y
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littlelibrarian
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This sign reminded me of one of my favorite reads. I love to laugh out loud about grammar and punctuation.

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MrBook
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Hat tip @Kappadeemom for this beauty! I guess eating kids is healthier than eating laundry pods? Taste like chicken? 🤔 😆 #LitsyHumor

ItsAngel 😂 2y
IamIamIam 🤤🤤🤤🤤🍖 2y
Bookworm-Bobbie 😂😂 2y
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Andrew65 Why would you eat laundry pods!!! 😱😳😂 2y
AmyG @Andrew65 Right? Even by mistake. Who DOES this? 2y
HotMessJess Wow, what a time to be alive. 2y
Mdargusch Now because of those pod eaters they have an almost impossible to open bag! 🤬 2y
Megara 😂 2y
Megara @MrBook do you mind sending me more info about the 2018 book expo pretty please? 😊 2y
LauraBeth Clearly the person who wrote this headline was a pod eater. 2y
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jkimexploring
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Mehso-so

The longer this took me to get through the less I enjoyed it. In general it was just meh. I was so excited to read a book that sings to the nerdy grammar lover part of me and with the dry British humor? Even better. Then it just fell flat.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Gift from a friend who knows me well

TrishB Love it ❤️ 2y
Tamra Bahahahaha 2y
scripturient Awesome!! 😂 2y
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dariazeoli Excellent! Ross from Friends would also appreciate this 😂 2y
Cinfhen Hilarious 😂😂 2y
RiotMom Omg 😂😂😂 2y
BookNAround That is awesome! 2y
drokka I had to read it twice to 'get' that it's an 'on purpose' 😂 2y
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MrBook
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The...the...the, uummm, food court washrooms are...freshly squeezed, you say? How...how does one go about freshly squeezing a room? I know you're prompting me to imagine, Burlington Mall, but the only thing that comes to mind is the scene from Star Wars Episode IV in the garbage chute. 😜😆👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

GypsyKat 😂😂🤣 2y
Susanita *blinks* 2y
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FlowerFairy 🤣🤪🤣 2y
Leftcoastzen 💕😂 2y
kspenmoll 😂😂 2y
AnansiGirl 😂🤣🤣🤣 2y
Tdumatrait @MrBook I think you should travel to that restroom with a group. You may need someone to rescue you after the squeeze 2y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂 2y
Elisa Hmmm... I am trying really hard to figure out what reaction they wanted to elicit with this peculiar choice of words, but I keep coming back to “Eww” 😶 2y
JessClark78 😂😂 2y
OrangeMooseReads 🤭🤢 ..... 😂😂😂 2y
ssravp 😂😂 2y
ssravp 😂😂 2y
rabbitprincess NO WAY!!! I've been to this mall so many times! My parents live in the next town over 😂😂😂😂😂 (edited) 2y
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MrBook
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I can make all kinds of strange noises 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! But will my strange noises be heard over the strange noises of the other parties also collecting orders? Which noises would most stand out? 🤔#LitsyHumor

Lcsmcat 😂 2y
Richryan52 @mrbook. How can I review a book on Litsy that isn‘t listed there yet? 2y
MrBook @Richryan52 Two ways: first, you can reach out to customer service by shaking your device and letting them know that they need to add it pronto and then write it after the title's added (they're quick with getting it done); second, you can peg it to another book title and mention in your review that it's not yet available in Litsy's database. Hope that helps, my good friend! (edited) 2y
Richryan52 @mrbook. Thanks so much 2y
MrBook @Richryan52 😁🙌🏻 2y
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Yossarian
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Punctuation matters — even the tiny n-dash can be crucial.

Alfoster 😂😂😂😂! 2y
PrezBookster Too funny 2y
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2BR02B The first thing I saw after the headline was "veterinarian clinic." The curriculum sure has changed since I was in high school! 2y
KellyK 😝😝😝 2y
LeahBergen "Eager students invaded businesses... ". I just bet they did. 2y
Lola Oh.My. 😵 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen 😂😂😂 2y
BarbaraBB 😂😂 2y
mjdowens Oh Wow😂😂. 2y
FountainBookstore 😂😂😂 2y
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MrBook
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Hat tip to the magnificent @Sharpeipup and @BookBabe for both seeing this earlier today. #HyphensMatter 😂👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

batsy Oh lord 😂 2y
merelybookish What a difference a space makes! 🙂 2y
JacintaMCarter That newspaper is from a town about an hour away from me! 2y
Reviewsbylola Omfg that‘s hysterical. 😂😂😂 2y
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shadowspeak17
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#Day17 #WeirdestBookCover

A panda painting and another with a gun... pretty weird, right? 😂

#riotgrams

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MrBook
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Yyyyep. Who needs those phony baloney rules anyway. 😆 #LitsyHumor

KellyK Don't show that mug to Coale!! 2y
Linear Ahahaha 2y
Emily92Bibliophile I LOVE THIS. 2y
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Aloisi_tribe
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This was posted on the sale page for my neighborhood. I'm curious to know what extraterrestrial parts are. 🤔

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MrBook
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Amys has something going on with her nail. Her nail's something-or-other is to the right. Somebody should see what it is. 😆 #LitsyHumor

MinDea 😂😂😂 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto This is just so bad. 2y
Jennick2004 Ugh we had a Majestic Tattoo's here...😝🤣 2y
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Jennick2004 PS there's no apostrophe in AMY'S where there actually SHOULD be one hahaha 2y
Susanita Oh dear. 2y
AmyG My favorite nail place is...IT'S NAIL. Only one? They at least used the apostrophe correctly. So many nail salons are so poorly named. (edited) 2y
BookBabe 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Buddys_Momma No words. 2y
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MrBook
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Yes, I remember them. @BookBabe and I leave generous tips since they work so hard and do a great job. ☺️👌🏻😁 #LitsyHumor

vivastory Oh, man. If you want a good laugh, look up Key and Peele intercontinental breakfast on YouTube 😂 2y
cobwebmoth I really needed that laugh.😄 2y
booksandsympathy @vivastory That was funny. I was just at a hotel that had continental breakfast over the weekend. Totally should've acted this way. 2y
TNbookworm 😂😂 2y
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booksandsympathy
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So today at work, I had to remove tags off a coffee grinder because of a spelling error and put new tags on. At first I rolled my eyes that we had to have all new tags for a little spelling error, and then I read the error. And I laughed. 😂😂

Magpiegem 😄😄😄😄 that's brilliant!! But what a pain for you! 2y
booksandsympathy Luckily, it didn't take too long. 2y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#anditsaugust #punctuate There's nothing quite like Eats, Shoots, & Leaves for illustrating the importance of punctuation. @RealLifeReading

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BooksForYears
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#AndItsAugust Day 23 - Punctuate

The epigraph of EATS, SHOOTS, AND LEAVES pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book. Punctuation FTW!:";'?-

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booksandsympathy
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The first book that came to my mind when I read that today's prompt was punctuate. #anditsaugust

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KarenUK
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#day23 #anditsagust #punctuate
A #CaptainObvious pick today, but I love Lynne Truss so had to pick this one! (And a bonus one on rudeness!) 💕💕

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Lcsmcat
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The best (and funniest) book on how to #punctuate, bar none. #anditsAugust @RealLifeReading

RealBooks4ever Does Bear have a name? 🐻💜 2y
Lcsmcat @realbooks4ever He's Boo-Boo Two. (edited) 2y
RealBooks4ever Love it! He's so sweet! 😄 2y
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