The Million Dollar Comma
No Comments »28th November, 2006; Category: General
A recent case in Canada shows that it can certainly be costly if you do not pay attention to grammar, and punctuation in particular. In a dispute between two companies, one a cable television provider and the other a telephone company, a single, misplaced comma in a contract cost a million dollars (Canadian).
The misplaced comma changed the whole intent of one sentence in the contract, according to a ruling from the telecommunications regulator. A costly oversight I would say.
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