grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Fri Aug 20 04:58:43 UTC 2004
I had a friend in high school (mother from MA; father from KY) who would say "can you borrow me the loan of that pen". But he was being facetious, as was his wont.
re: selling a duty
Buying and selling debt and contracts are important parts of the economy. "Selling" a duty is selling a negative item in exchange for a negative payment. It's that way on one side or the other of a double-entry ledger, anyway; we just don't notice it, because usually the transaction is binary: the payment goes directly to the person providing the good/service. It's the presence of the middle-man that changes the perspective.
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