Eats leaves and shoots

This is my second posting based on a blog post from David Legitt from Just Auto. He’s had a Saab BioPower test vehicle for the last week. He wrote an intro piece on it earlier in the week and like other testers I’ve read, was a little embarassed by the huge BioPower lettering on the side of it.

But it’s a testimony to the car that he’s been more than happy to overcome the initial ill-feeling and come to enjoy it, even though it’s a 1.8 BioPower and he’s having to run it on regular gasoline.

I’m getting severely tempted to look for an excuse to drive to Norwich and fill it up with plant food. ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ is the title of a popular book about the use and misuse of apostrophes. Someone at Saab has come up with a play on that term to describe its flex-cars: eats leaves – and shoots. I quite liked that one.

I’d highly recommend you click through and read it. It’s got his thoughts on car-makers and integrity as well as a focus on the Saab afterwards.

Good reading.

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  1. Actually, Mr. Legitt is a bit mistaken. The book, “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation” was not about misuse of apostrophes specifically. It was about the misuse of punctuation in general.

    The title is an example of how by using incorrect punctuation one can completely mistake the meaning of the written word. It is derived from a joke:

    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.”

  2. Gripen, Funny, thanks for the explanation. Reminds me of what misspelling a word can do. A local farm park was advertising before Halloween, looking for temporary help in their fun houses, looking for people that enjoyed scaring people. The ad read “Must enjoy scarring people.”

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