Cheques are gone but we’ll always have fabric’s checked past

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

21 September 2020 - 17:39

My mother, a bookkeeper, impressed on me from the time I could link letters together that when you write out a cheque, never leave space at the beginning of the amount written in both words and numbers – otherwise someone might insert an extra million or two – and always cross out “or bearer” with two swift, sharp strokes. In addition, she taught me to write “not transferable” between two diagonally drawn lines at the top of the cheque.

These are things that parents will no longer have to teach and writers of cheques will no longer have to learn, because very soon there will be no more cheques, nor writers of them...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times subscribers.

A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day or Financial Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.