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magicgeorge
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Every Lady in this Land
Hath 20 Nails on each Hand;
Five & twenty on Hands and Feet;
And this is true, without deceit.

What's wrong with this poem?
pxs
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Should be:

Every Lady in this Land hath 20 Nails;
On each hand five;
And twenty on hands and feet;
And this is true, without deceit

(Shows the importance of punctuation—like the joke with the Panda)
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You've piqued my interest...how does the Panda joke go?
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A panda goes into a bar, orders a sandwich, fires a gun and heads for the door. "Why did he do that?" the barman calls after him. The panda tosses him a badly punctuated wildlife manual. "I'm a panda," he says, "Look me up." The barman finds the relevant page which says, "Panda. Large black-and-white, bear-like mammal native of China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
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My wife gave me "Eats Shoots and Leaves—the zero tolerance guide to punctuation" for Xmas.

Not, I hasten to add, 'cos I need it. But because I'd enjoy it.

And enjoy it I did. Strongly recommended.

Dave
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Yes, it's a great book
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I got the puzzle from said book. I was kind of hoping the poem could be worked out by someone who didn't actually have the answer in print, though...
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From today's Evening Standard:

Punctuation bible revives firm's fortunes

Eats, Shoots And Leaves, the surprise best-seller about punctuation, will double the turnover of its small London publishing house to more than £5.5million this year.

The book has now sold more than 480,000 copies worldwide and is still selling so strongly in hardback that it may be another year before it goes into paperback.

Andrew Franklin, who co-founded Profile Books in 1996, said that before Eats, Shoots And Leaves became a hit he had considered giving up life as a publisher. "But now I don't feel like giving up at all."

"Every week we decide to do a further re-print, I continue to be amazed. I remain completely mystified why the country should have become obsessed with punctuation."
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