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Red Ink

Informal; a loss or deficit. A company or organization may continue to operate in red ink for a time, but it is not sustainable. See also: In the red, In the black.
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Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (whose direct examination apparently provides the data on ink colors for Kelly Parsons's work) also notes that these paraphs are visibly in a different ink (which she describes as "orange-red" but I call "ruby") from the familiar red-ink annotations.
The Red-Ink Annotator also uses this paraph to decorate every chapter number and various earlier annotations, as in the decoration in figure 11 of a Little Brown nota bene.
The Big Red N annotations are trickier to identify because they appear in a red ink that is not particularly distinguishable from that of the Red-Ink Annotator and in a form that the Red-Ink Annotator occasionally mimics and supplements.
The Red-Ink Annotator, on the other hand, always supplies notae with a "no" form, as seen in figure 13.
The form I call Big Red N can appear to be part of the Red-Ink Annotator's work in three ways, however.
He's worked with a variety of organizations as both a consultant and employer, and he's seen many of these red-ink traits in action.
The bottom line: Red-ink behavior is bad for the checkbook.
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Is the domino factor in play (issues not confronted that lead to more red-ink behavior)?
4 billion yen, also the largest red-ink figure since 1985 and incurring a deficit for the third consecutive month, as the speed of decline in exports outpaced that in imports amid the global economic downturn.
The LDP Tax System Research Council decided to put off the imposition of the taxes to avoid dealing further blows to numerous red-ink companies languishing under the nation's deepening economic stagnation, the officials said.