My very own version of 'Eats, shoots and leaves' happened yesterday - funnily enough, when I was looking for my quotation for today's blog. But first...
(PLEASE don't be a bore and go through all my blogs looking for punctuation mistakes. I'm SURE there are plenty. The difference is, I CARE.)
Here's the story that led Lynne Truss to write...
"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."
See, the misplaced comma that completely changes the meaning of the last sentence...
My search for a relevant quotation for today was on the subject of relief. Relief that I've finally come to the end of a huge project and relief that my earache is at last, fingers crossed, touch wood, beginning to go away. I hope.
"For fast acting relief, try slowing down."
I looked at it and I puzzled. Why does Lily Tomlin want relief from acting? Doesn't she like her job? And fast relief too! She must be desperate.
THEN I realised...there was a missing hyphen.
Now THAT'S a quote that I can relate to. Where would we be without punctuation?