Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts!


Language play includes many punctuation marks in this companion to the New York Times #1 bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves!

Commas and apostrophes aren't the only punctuation marks that can cause big trouble if they're put in the wrong place.

“Twenty-odd ducks” is an estimate of how many are waddling by, but “twenty odd ducks” would not only be a big group, but they’d look very strange! Imagine this without the middle period and the comma: “The king walked and talked. A half hour after, his head was cut off.” Oh no—a beheaded king that can still walk and talk!


Truss and Timmons put hyphens, parentheses, quotation marks, periods, and more in the spotlight, with silly scenes showing how which marks you choose and where you put them can cause hilarious mix-ups.