After the 2003 publication of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynn Truss’s witty milestone book on English grammar, a critic bemoaned grammar "fascists" who want to "stop the language moving into the 21st century".

This past week, however, it’s become clear that, even in the 21st century, punctuation still makes an enormous difference — not just to panda jokes, but also to liability for payment of hard cash...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now