to "expense"

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Wed Jan 2 23:53:31 UTC 2008

I'm actually surprised that "expense" meaning "put on expense
account" is new to anyone in Canada or the US. I've known it for
years and had the impression it was very common (well, in business
circles, it certainly is -- as much from desiring the act as from
actually doing it!). I'm also surprised that it's not in OED --
perhaps it's not used in England? I'm trying to remember from the
Alex cartoons I've been reading for years...

James Harbeck.

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