On Sour Grapes

September 4th, 2006 · 4 Comments
by Booksquare

Stand back for a war of words – and of commas, apostrophes and split infinitives. One of Britain’s leading language experts has attacked Lynne Truss’s bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves for its ‘misconceived’ and ‘deeply unnerving’ zero tolerance approach to punctuation.

David Crystal, a former colleague of Truss who once advised her that a book about punctuation would never sell, condemns the author for joining the ranks of ‘linguistic fundamentalists’. He also criticises John Humphrys, the Radio 4 Today presenter, over his book championing the rules of grammar. Truss’s publisher has hit back, however, insisting language rules are vital in situations such as job applications.

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