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Recent Examples of comptroller from the Web
More than two-thirds of those incidents were caused by equipment problems, the comptroller found.
Wednesday’s report was the fourth by the state comptroller on the 2014 war, focusing on the perspective of international law.
San Antonio brought in the new year by racking up more than $40 million in bar tabs, according to the Texas comptroller’s office.
The current comptroller, Joseph Otting, declined to be interviewed.
Operating the Schulz Aquatic Center in 2017 resulted in a net loss to the county of $271,575, according to a report from the comptroller's office.
The comptroller’s office estimated that 71 percent of Maryland taxpayers would pay less in federal taxes next year, while 13 percent would pay more and the remainder would see no change.
At the very top was the Toyota Center, home to the Houston Rockets, with more than $11 million worth of spirits sold in 2017, according to a Chron.com analysis of mixed beverage receipts from the Texas comptroller's office.
Inspired by his Christian faith and his son's repentance, the 69-year-old retired construction firm comptroller hopes to have his son's sentence commuted.
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Did You Know?
If you think "comptroller" looks like a mistaken spelling of "controller," you're partially right. Today, "comptroller" is an established word that shares one of its meanings (sense 3) with "controller." The term did originate as a misspelling, however. Around the 15th century, Middle English speakers altered the spelling of "conterroller" (meaning "controller," from the Middle French contrerolleur) under the influence of the Middle French word compte ("account"). The resulting word, "comptroller," has attracted criticism over the years. Grammarian Henry Fowler condemned "comptroller" as "not merely archaic, but erroneous" in 1920, and a lexicographical column from 1931 agreed that "comptroller" is "erroneous and should not be accepted as correct." Nevertheless, such modern institutions as colleges and governments continue to have comptrollers. "Comptrollership" occasionally turns up as well.
Origin and Etymology of comptroller
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPTROLLER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comptroller for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of the financial accounts of a company or organization
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