You don’t have to be very imaginative to see that Eats, Shites & Leaves (2004) parodies the title of Lynne Truss’s phenomenally popular Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2003). And so does the name of the author: A. Parody. The back flap gives Mr Parody a first name, Antal, adding that he is “of Hungarian extraction” and that he “fled to Britain from either Buda or Pest – sources differ – in the late 1940s, following the collapse of the so-called ‘Mashed-Potato Revolution'”. Haha. But who was the author, or compiler, really? And more interestingly, would a parody of usage literature herald the end of the genre?