Wednesday, October 06, 2004

From the brevity file ...

From the Reuters wire the other day:

National Semiconductor Corp. ... said on Friday it would begin to pay a quarterly dividend for the first time.

Of course, if it's beginning to pay a quarterly dividend, "for the first time" is redundant. And what about the time element: Did it say it on Friday or will it begin payment on Friday? A that after Friday would have clarified.


At 10/6/04, 9:53 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Actually, that's not necessarily true. Many companies suspend dividends from time to time, especially companies that have existed for quite a while. There have been a few that have started paying dividends after not doing so for a decade or so. But I know what you mean - I'm a big nitpick at these type of things.

At 10/7/04, 12:43 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Ah, but given the scenario you cite, the better word would then be "resume" instead of "begin," would it not?

At 10/8/04, 10:11 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Yes, it would =)

But one cannot assume that since they said they were going to begin to pay that it wasn't one that ever happened before.


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