Talk to the Hand
by Lynn Truss

A good sequel to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is Truss’ commentary on the annihilation of manners. In her book entitled Talk to the Hand, she was more solidly in opposition of the universal rudeness widely celebrated in the contemporary world.

This book had me more pensive than guffawing. I took her insights seriously. She was right in so many ways; there are many things she called to her readers’ attention. She made memorable references to the universal concept of the Eff Off reflex, among many others.

One of the most memorable things she mentioned is the link between good manners and proper punctuation. Truss asserted that punctuating your sentences properly is a form of respect to the reader. It affirmed all those hours of refining my writing with good mechanics and syntax.

As a person with little knowledge about British culture, I found it very informative. The popular snobbery of the British and the avoidance of confrontation was explained in the context of the global erosion of basic consideration of other people.

Happily, I recall the pleasant people I have had the pleasure of working with. They’re a rare breed. I am quite relieved, and I am sure Miss Truss will be just as pleased to find that there are still people with exemplary manners in this age.

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