Should Sloppy Spelling Hit Bank Balance?

October 23, 2021

Screwing things up is a virtue. Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can't read what I wrote.” - Robert Rauschenberg (1925- 2008) American painter and graphic artist.

Before the latest spelling story let us go back to the Mahabharatha.

The fourteenth day of the battle of Kurukshetra was drawing to a close. Drona was unhappy because neither could he capture Yudhisthira nor could he save Jaidrath. So he attacked the Pandava soldiers with more force than ever. Krishna told the Pandavas that Drona could be killed by a trick. Krishna asked the Pandavas to spread the false news (Today it is called ”Fake News”) that Drona's son, Ashwatthama, had been killed. Bhima killed an elephant named Ashvattama and shouted, "I have killed Ashvatthama." When Drona heard this, he was full of sorrow. He asked Yudhisthira whether it was true; he knew that Yudhsthira would never lie. Yudhisthira replied, "Yes, Ashvatthama is dead, but the elephant not your son." But Krishna asked the drummers to beat the drums (extra laud) when Yudhisthira spoke the last part of the sentences, so Drona couldn't hear it. He sat mourning his son's death and Dhrishtadyumna who had been born to kill Drona, cut his head off.

Now we come again to the present to a report on (not on mis-hearing) misspelling and the potential consequences on the way under a report titled:

Missing Apostrophe in Facebook post Lands a Man in Defamation Court.

The report is by Livia Albeck- Ripka dated October 11, 2021

An Australian man claimed a real estate agent did not pay its “employees” retirement funds. The lack of a punctuation mark may cost him thousands.

A missing apostrophe in a Facebook post could cost a real estate agent in Australia tens of thousands of dollars after a court ruled a defamation case against him could proceed.

In the post last year, Anthony Zadravic, the agent, appears to accuse Stuart Gan, his former employer at a real estate agency, of not paying retirement funds to all the agency’s workers.

At issue is the word “employees” in the post, which read: “Oh Stuart Gan!! Selling multi-million $ homes in Pearl Beach but can’t pay his employees superannuation,” referring to Australia’s retirement system, in which money is paid by employers into super accounts for employees. “Shame on you Stuart!!! 2 yrs and still waiting!!!”

Less than 12 hours after the post was published, Mr. Zadravic, who is based on the Central Coast in New South Wales, deleted it. But it was too late. Mr. Gan became aware of the message and filed a defamation claim against Mr. Zadravic.

On 7/10/21, a judge in New South Wales ruled that the lack of an apostrophe on the word “employees” could be read to suggest a “systematic pattern of conduct” by Mr. Gan’s agency rather than an accusation involving only one employee. So she allowed the case to proceed.

In matters of punctuation, social media is the Wild West. In some corners of the internet, careless grammar is highly tolerated — even a badge of honor. In legal matters, however, disputed punctuation can cost millions.

The tussle over a punctuation mark no larger than a pinhead comes in a country that has earned a reputation as the defamation capital of the world. Legal experts say the case of the missing apostrophe is far from surprising in Australia, which has a complex web of defamation laws and a history of awarding plaintiffs large sums of money.

In 2019, for example, the Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded more than $2 million in his defamation case against Rupert Murdoch’s Nationwide News, the largest such payout at the time to a single person in Australian history. That same year, a billionaire businessman won a defamation case against a news organization that he claimed had wrongly linked him to a bribery case.

I am sure readers are aware/or victims of punctuation errors. The subject is open to many views. What are yours? Your response is welcome in the format given below (Pl. scroll down).


Vet’s Delight
(Thanks to a forward from a friend)

An employee of an IT company fell ill. His wife took him to a multi-speciality hospital.

He underwent multiple tests and administered all kinds of medicines.

Nothing worked, except his credit card.

His wife was worried. She went close to him and calmly said: “I think you should consult a Veterinary Doctor.”

Husband was shocked.

He screamed at her and asked: “Have you gone mad?”

Wife calmly told him.

“There is nothing wrong with me. But look at your daily routine.

You get up early in the morning like the cocks and hens.

Like a crow you take half a bath.

Like a monkey, you gulp your breakfast.

You race to your office like a horse.

You work like a donkey in the office.

You growl like a wild boar at your subordinates.

You come home and bark like a dog at me and our children.

Then you eat like a crocodile.

Then you sleep like an elephant.

That is why I wanted you to consult a Veterinary Doctor.”

The shocked husband kept on looking at her dumbfounded.

“Why are you looking at me like an owl?” asked the wife.


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Comment on this article

  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Following not similar case but worst crime against humanity in international courts as well as Indian courts ....... Like Mahabharatha, there is a hidden war going on between communist and elite free masons against capitalists and democratic free nations for world control or to bring communist controlled new world order using first virus, so called vaccines or injections for more virus strains, infections, deaths and lockdowns to cut supply chains, distrupt and bankrupt economies of free nations. Then conventional war. But our ruling and opposition parties seem blind about it or looks like hefty commission involved by liberal communist controlled BigPharma, including for medical leaders with one sided news or controlled news by liberal communist BigTech, mainstream media and communist leaning WHO. But following genuine WORLD LEADERS WARN HUMANITY....... Humanity's leading voices in the fields of science, healthcare, law and journalism are speaking out. Listen to these heroes of humanity, who risk everything to inform you about what is truly happening in the world today....... HUNDREDS OF LAWYERS & SCIENTISTS ......... "Our network of 100 lawyers and 100 scientists have all the evidence that the pandemic is the worst crime against humanity ever committed." Dr. Reiner Fuellmich is a world famous trial lawyer, who has been suing large fraudulent corporations for decades. Dr. Fuellmich and a vast international network of lawyers have interviewed more than a hundred experts from every field of science. They have conclusive evidence that the pandemic and lockdowns are the worst crimes against humanity ever committed. The PCR tests are 100% fraudulent, government officials are massively bribed or blackmailed to collaborate, media is used to deceive the world, and so on. Listen to the message of this international top trial lawyer, at.... ...... or at ...... ...... Our Indian lawyers are also not behind. INDIAN DOCTORS for TRUTH (100 plus Doctors), INDIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, mumbai doing wonderful job educating and saving public from so called vaccinations by globalists elite and communists. They had earlier raised a formal complaint against WHO and others also against forced and coercive vaccinations with the President, PM and HM, also based on recent two or more high courts decisions. Their site link is ... ..... and their latest GLOBAL COVID CRIME News at..

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 23 2021

    Very nice article. The story of guru Drona is eye opening. Someone like me will have to be very careful in Australia. I didn't understand how the ccock tale story connects with the spelling mistakes. Nevertheless it's hilarious

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