WORDS IN THE HAND: READY-TO-EAT
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A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
Hyphens are important. In 1962, America’s first interplanetary probe, Mariner 1, exploded on takeoff, costing Nasa $80m. All because someone left out a hyphen when coding the speed and trajectory of the vessel.
Arthur C Clarke called it “the most expensive hyphen in history”...