I never read the business pages. I’m not proud of this. About a year ago I decided to start reading one article from the business section every day. That lasted about a week. So I’m glad Mr. Mock pointed out the most delish article in Monday’s Globe and Mail.
It seems that the second comma in this clause in an agreement between Rogers and another company that is going to put up its cable lines on utility poles is going to cost Rogers $2.13 million:
The agreement shall continue in force for a period of five years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.
Rogers thought they had locked in a price for the first five years, but no, that last comma gives the other company the right to cancel the agreement with a year’s notice (and then, presumably, raise their rates).
Har! I love this! The meek and yet all powerful punctuation mark brings the titans of business to their knees.