Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

Always loved the title of this book on grammatical snafus.  As related by Wiki, the title has its origin in the following story illustrating the consequences of poor punctuation:

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

“Why?” asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“Well, I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. “Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.

Which reminds me, do you remember the feeling of nestling deeply in a pile of leaves in late Fall?  This picture of my granddaughters in Cincinnati is a reminder of the comforts of nature as well as her inconveniences.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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