The missing article

22 Mar 2013

Grammar can be important in bank statements. Glancing at the statement for the account I share with Sarah, I saw the following withdrawal, to her personal account:

EVENING OUT MONEY -300.00

“Rather an expensive night out,” I blustered. Sarah, in the interest of brevity, had omitted the definite article. I was mistakenly led to believe that the first word of her explanation was part of a compound noun, rather than a present participle. After a moment, I realised that we had actually discussed this transaction a week or so earlier.

She was evening out the money, not going on the razzle.

Tags: money, grammar, bank