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The Complete Idiot’s Guide™ to Writing Well by Laurie E. Rozakis

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Chapter 28. Mark Me: Punctuation

Mark Me: Punctuation

The wrong punctuation can be costly. In the 1890s, a Congressional clerk was supposed to write, “All foreign fruitplants are free from duty” in transcribing a recent bill. Unfortunately, he changed the hyphen to a comma and wrote, “All foreign fruit, plants are free from duty.” Before Congress could correct his error with a new law, the government lost over $2 million in taxes. All those duty-free plants add up fast.

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