Timothy Noah reviews Eats, Shoots & Leaves and tells us why nobody's learning anything from Lynne Truss:
Some people botch their punctuation because they lack a proper education, typically because they lack sufficient money to acquire one. Some of them botch it because English is their second language, and you never know your second language as well as your first. But the bulk of them don't know because they don't care. I wish they did, but they don't. And unless they plan on earning their living as writers, it isn't likely to hold them back very much, if at all.
Indeed. That's why, Noah suggests, the popularity of Truss' book has more to do with smugness than punctuation.
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