It could be the most costly piece of punctuation in Canada.Heavens. Get those lawyers a copy of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. The illustrated children's edition -- subtitled "Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!" -- if necessary.
A grammatical blunder may force Rogers Communications Inc. to pay an extra $2.13-million to use utility poles in the Maritimes after the placement of a comma in a contract permitted the deal's cancellation.
The controversial comma sent lawyers and telecommunications regulators scrambling for their English textbooks in a bitter 18-month dispute that serves as an expensive reminder of the importance of punctuation.
August 08, 2006
Zero tolerance, indeed
Thanks to JoVE at Tricotomania for the head's up on this article from yesterday's Globe & Mail: