to "expense"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 5 01:15:45 UTC 2008

I'm not sure these all have to do with expense accounts. Some of them may
relate to corporate accounting instead.

m a m

On Jan 4, 2008 8:00 PM, James Harbeck <jharbeck at> wrote:

> Thanks, Mark. The examples you give could all also be replaced with
> "put on expense account as," as in "put it on expense account as an
> office expense" (as opposed to as a business development expense,
> say), although I must admit "expense it as a company expense" seems a
> touch redundant. Perhaps in these usages there's a sort of image of
> its being entered into an expense account sheet -- i.e., that the act
> of entering something on an expense account sheet is "expensing," and
> one can speak of it generally or one can specify it -- some users
> perhaps automatically thinking of it as something that must be
> entered under a category, others not necessarily.
> And since it's not "dictionary English," neither side can claim the
> other is using it wrong!
> James Harbeck.
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