No. 354, Docket 89-7579.

896 F.2d 716 (1990)

David T. THOMPSON and Thompson Communications Companies, Inc., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Davor G. GJIVOJE, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided February 20, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Virginia A. LoPreto, New York City (Edmonds & Beier, New York City, of counsel), for plaintiffs-appellants.

Ann V. Kramer, New York City (R. Mark Keenan, Anderson Kill Olick & Oshinsky, New York City, of counsel), for defendant-appellee.

Before OAKES, Chief Judge, TIMBERS and CARDAMONE, Circuit Judges.

CARDAMONE, Circuit Judge:

A portion of this appeal turns on the use of the abbreviated Latin phrase "i.e." These letters, generally translated as "that is to say," are like a parenthetical phrase that defines or explains more precisely the words preceding them. Little words sometimes constitute a trap for an unwary draftsman causing a contract to be strictly construed according to its written terms, as we construe it in this case, not broadly construed as the draftsman...

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