In some cases, this may result in significant performance, but not full performance, which may partially compensate the performing party. An oral contract can also be called a parol contract or oral contract, where „verbal“ means „spoken“ rather than „in words“, a usage established in British English in relation to contracts and agreements and common, although somewhat pejorative in American English.  Damages may be general or consequential in nature. General damages are damages that naturally arise from a breach of contract. Indirect damages are damages that do not naturally arise from a breach, but which are of course accepted by both parties at the time of the conclusion of the contract. An example would be if someone rents a car to go to a business meeting, but when that person arrives to pick up the car, they are not there. The general damage would be the cost of renting another car. Consequential damages would be the lost business if that person was not able to get to the meeting if both parties knew the reason why the party rented the car. .