LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/JUN/2008 1:48 AM|
|Assunto:||Debt or Debit?|
I define debt as money that one person owes to another or as something that one person should pay to, or perform for the benefit of, another; money that we owe in installments as a result of overshopping.
A bookkeeper would enter a debit in his ledger, but not a debt, contrary to what our Brazln Port-thinking minds would expect.
More often than not, a debtor owes a lot of money to a loan shark and can never if ever settle his or her mortgage long due. Debtors fear creditors, but not "credtors," as none of them will find that word in the dictionary.
In the past people used to call or write debtors debitors (with an extra i). They now write and pronounce it minus an i.
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