The parentheses indicate a number, rather than a misspelling, a homonym, or other. “To elect two (2) member(s) to the Board of Directors each for a five (5) year term. Best wishes, One of the most unusual aspects of old-fashioned contract drafting was the belief among lawyers and judges that punctuation was unimportant. There is no actual requirement that numbers be written that way, however. What I object to is the duplication and parentheses in running prose. Saved by the wire (and the fiber-optic cable). Apparently because they were paid by the word, and following this silly convention would yield a larger fee. To me at least, the em-dashes in the After version provide better visual separation than the parentheses in the Before version, and certainly more so than would have been offered by commas. Though when I write a document to be published formally I’ll write the title in its entirety the first time with the initial-ism in parenthesizes immediately following. I wish that people would just stop doing this. For the record, I was taught that numbers less than (and not including) 10 should be written out and numerals should be used for anything greater than nine. If I make a mistake with a written quantity it can cost people time and money, so by writing both it provides an extra means of checking for accuracy for every pair of eyes that views it. I looked it up on Wikipedia, and I searched around the Interwebs a bit to find the source of the style, and it seems to be based in legal terminology, though even that seems specious. It’s unnecessary and dumb. The answer is that the written-out version is the one that banks accept as the correct version, and not the numeric entry. I think that’s the best explanation for this I have ever read or heard. To me it makes sense in this world of entitled people that seem to blame everyone but themselves for that happens to them. Anyway, it was a habit that was so ingrained that it stuck even after new typewriters were designed with keys for 0-9. That’s not at all a problem. I’m still curious about where it may have originated. But parentheses do serve a few specific functions. I’d see errors coming from two (2) sources: typos and brain farts. The only result that’s likely from the double entry method is that someone occasionally mistypes the digit, in which case they’ve only added confusion, not confidence. We can have different opinions on this (this). awesome article cheers for posting. Today, with a Word document, a 7 never looks like a 9. Myself enjoys getting responses to my blog. For example, “for” is a homonym of four – but 4 (the number) doesn’t mean “for”. Thank you for commenting on my blog post. Assuming that I am perfect and will not make a mistake would be foolish. I have always been irritated by this style of writing because it seems so insulting. Spelled-out numbers are not going to get typoed in a way that would make one number be mistaken for another, and using the double entry method, if someone’s thinking the wrong number when they enter it, they’ll just enter it wrong twice. Definitely redundant, but I don’t think it makes reading any more difficult. The prevailing view in common law jurisdictions was that the meaning of legal documents should be ascertained from the words of the document and their context rather than from punctuation. For example, ‘Sun. Thanks for making my day – you made me laugh! Instead, they will do something like “grant, bargain, warrant, convey, alienate, release, assign, set over and confirm” the property to the buyer. in which the schedule title and the agreement to which it relates are identified). You have fallen prey to the “readers are stupid, so let’s repeat all the numbers” argument, for which there is no evidence of value. In this sentence, there is a comma after vans to show that the list contains four separate categories of items – cars, trucks, vans, tractors – and that vans and tractors do not make up a single category. I just find it tedious, and mostly unnecessary. If redundancy in numbers is important, can’t redundancy be important in other things? I accept your response, but still argue that it’s largely unnecessary for normal writing and reading to repeat the numbers. Even more painful was that the typewriters had no marks on the keys, so we really had to learn to touch-type! But “one hundred fifty-three thousand dollars ($15300)” means its more likely than not that the amount was supposed to be the number as its written out, so that’s the one that will be honored. I always just write the numerals in documents I do, and double check them, but about 95% of lawyers continue the ancient practice because “that’s the way it is done,” without ever stopping to ask why. For example, however, therefore, of course, nevertheless. This is an interesting twist on the numbers in parents issue. On the correct use of brackets: Acceptable Use. If your profession (airline, engineer, etc.) For example, ‘this handbook … is exceptionally useful…. It makes sense, and it was probably a smart idea. According to this (many years deceased) partner, the practice originated in England in the Middle Ages, when lawyers, along with maybe clergy, were the only people who could read and write. I love that I’m not alone in this. (An interesting note: This has become the most-read blog I have posted. I put numbers in parentheses after each written numeral as I know the documents I work on will be audited and my email correspondance can be used as evidence in my line of work. Humans’ memories are often short and can sometimes be “creative.”. Commas are softer in effect than full stops and semi-colons, and are therefore unsuitable for long lists. which I am being told is the proper usage. I don’t see putting both numerals and written numbers as a “compromise,” though. It is common to use lower case letters between parentheses or small roman numbering between parentheses (we prefer (a), (b), (c)). I (Brian) agree (believe) that you have made me laugh (chuckle). It’s dumb, and I continue to assert that I don’t think we need to do this. I’ll actually posit: English is one of the worst languages for weak authors. That’s simple, and it makes written numbers easier to read. Putting numbers (numbers) in text twice is unnecessary. Readers: don’t assume writers are perfect. “Should PTO be needed on an urgent basis…” becomes “If you have an unexpected need to take PTO…”, etc. Part I Contract drafting: matters of style 1 General drafting principles 1.1 Plain English: simple and clear ... (i.e. I actually think (a large majority of) people are stupid; not only with regard to this post, but also, generally speaking. I don’t know if that explanation is true, but it is a bit of legal history/lore that was passed down to me. Are we so dumb that we don’t know the meaning of the number one?
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