The Riddle Of Misplaced Kama
First, here are a few riddles.
What 5 letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?
What 11 letter word in the English language ends with the same three letters that it begins with?
Krishna is everywhere, if we accept sastra at face value. Why can’t we see Him? The following riddle gives us a hint:
What country is hidden in the paragraph below?
As defendants, we deny all involvement in the unscrupulous dealings which have come to light in the recent government investigation.
(If you give up, the answers are in the Comments.)
As for what damage a little misplaced comma can do:
Comma Quirk Irks Rogers
“It could be the most costly piece of punctuation in Canada.
“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.
“Rogers thought it had a five-year deal with Aliant Inc. to string Rogers' cable lines across thousands of utility poles in the Maritimes for an annual fee of $9.60 per pole. But early last year, Rogers was informed that the contract was being cancelled and the rates were going up. Impossible, Rogers thought, since its contract was iron-clad until the spring of 2007 and could potentially be renewed for another five years.
“Armed with the rules of grammar and punctuation, Aliant disagreed. The construction of a single sentence in the 14-page contract allowed the entire deal to be scrapped with only one-year's notice, the company argued.
“Language buffs take note — Page 7 of the contract states: 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.’... ”
“The validity of the contract and the millions of dollars at stake all came down to one point — the second comma in the sentence...”