Got a request from a lawyer for a set of changes. It's a stylistic change, which I have no patience for. Does it change the meaning? Will the judge reading this be at all confused? No? Then why are we bothering?
The change is for me to add "and eighty-three cents" to my dollar figures.
In legal documents, as I was taught, you write dollar figures as, say, "Three Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-Six Dollars ($3,166.83)", and you leave the cents out of the word description, because you're talking about whole dollars. The number figure has the cents.
Other people were taught another way (which is, I admit, more accurate), of "Three Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-Six Dollars and Eighty-Three Cents ($3,166.83)". More accurate, but also wordier, and wordier means more potential for confusion. Who the fuck cares about the cents?
There is no right answer between which style to use. It is a preference.
That said, who the fuck needs to have one changed to the other form they prefer? We are, by definition, talking about less than a dollar. This is literally worth no-one's time. I'm billing how much? He's billing how much? How much of our collective time does eighty-three cents buy?
But, as always, egos involved, impressing clients involved, blah blah blah.
This is a stupid job a lot of the time.