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A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

01 October 2020 - 19:21

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”...

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