What more needs to be said?

Jazzer's picture

Taken from the back cover of Lynne Truss' punctuation book, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves."

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, and 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."

Dammit! I'm so tired of seeing such God-awful punctuation! Where the fuck to people get off posting such tripe online these days and expect others to read it, be able to interpret it, and like it? That's bullshit, if you ask me. It's rude, and it demonstrates to the rest of the world just how bad our school system is. I tell ya, some of the garbage I read online is so hard to decipher, I just stop reading it.

I'm not asking for MLA-perfect writing, I just want to be able to understand what people are saying. After all, writing online is a form of communication. If self-expression via bad punctuation/grammar is getting in the way of the message, then that's bad! It defeats the purpose. Instead of them writing what's on their mind, why don't these people just write random words and characters, but using whatever bad writing mechanics they see fit.

Grrr. Pox unto those who write so shitty as to keep others from figuring out what the fuck they're saying!


the mouse that roared's picture

I completely agree. I just fi

I completely agree. I just finished "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" a few days ago. Bad punctuation online is epidemic...

RadclyffeGeek's picture

I read Eats, Shoots and Leave

I read Eats, Shoots and Leaves a while ago, it's a good book.
I'm not perfect with punctuation and spelling, but I try my best and I can be sure that I never write something like:
"I woz wid me gurl ystrdy bt she wnt cm 2mz."
I can't stand text speak unless, of course, it's used in a text message- and even then it's kinda annoying.

I lived my life in shadow- never the sun on my face
It didn't seem so sad though, I figured that was my place.

Dan84's picture

It's a great book!

I absolutely love her dry British wit. She's a very funny person! The book itself, of course, is very interesting. I can see why it became a bestseller!

sistinesylph's picture

If you don't like it,

why are you reading it? Honestly, I mean, I know sometimes it's really bad, but either they are in too big of a hurry to care, or they just don't know they are making a mistake. Give them the benefit of the doubt. And if it's really so bad that it makes you want to shoot yourself, stop reading it!

"Man it takes a silly girl
to lie about the dreams she has.
But lord, it takes a lonely one to wish
that she had never dreamt at all."

LittlePlasticCastle's picture

I totally agree. The English

I totally agree. The English language has been chewed up and spit out by people my age. I don't understand their lack of respect for words, for grammar, for meaning. I was disgusted to realize that I learned more about the English language in my Spanish class than I did the nine years I had taken "English" classes. I actually had an English teacher (two, in fact) try to convince me that a "5-paragraph essay" was good. I don't know if you guys know what I'm talking about, but what they taught us was a load of crap. 5-paragraph essay? good? no! bad! It took all the creativity an beauty out of writing for me and others.

Sorry about that. I couldn't help myself.

Darkest Dream's picture

i think you're right

You're right about how the english is badly used. But you know, it's mostly for the abreviations that it gets complicated and hard and frustrating to understand. I'm french from quebec. I make thousands of mistakes in english and i'm sorry, but it's my seoncd language, i'm not that good at it.

But you know, French is even worse. You know the *bad words* used in english what are they? Fuck? things like that? well in french it's the church, catholic words. They throw them everywhere. Sometimes you can hear hear a person swear 5 times in one sentence. PLus, they don't pronounce well, and they say things like : like, stuff, style, IN EVERY DAMN SENTENCE... People in quebec are worse than everybody else on earth for their language, and for writing? i don't even want to read some. It's disgusting. why am i into english? exactly for that.
* Do not say: I'm a cutter and i like it, because you have no reasons to be proud of that. Say: I was cutter and i am Proud of having stopped.