Thursday, July 31, 2008

Owe

OWE, v. To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant "own," and in the minds of debtors there is still a good deal of confusion between assets and liabilities.

2008 Update: To delay negotiation.  To pre-pay a vacation.

19 comments:

Nessa said...

O we (meaning me) need a vacation. And I'd pay a fortune, upfront, for a secluded retreat.

Nessa said...

Ok, that was stupid, but I'm first; D

Nessa said...

Ow-eeee, I was just kicked in the shins.

Nessa said...

Fine, I'm done now. I guess I owe my boss some work.

the amoeba said...

OWE, n. Make-work scheme for chronically-underemployed and featherbedded letters of the English alphabet, used chiefly to dissuade non-natives from learning English, and enriching those professionally engaged in the dissuasion. See QUEUE.

quilly said...

I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go ....

Got a job yesterday. I'll soon again be a member of the working class.

sauerkraut said...

... guess I'm next in this queue...

owe, owe,
owe, your boat
gently in your dreams
merrily, merrily
merrily, merrily,
good poetry's but a scheme

sorry.

nessa made me do it.


meow.

Tom & Icy said...

I'd rather owe you than beat you out of it.

TLP said...

I got nothin'. I owe you one.

Jamie Dawn said...

To owe means jumping into a lake with weights on your ankles.
I'd rather be owed.

Nessa said...

Sauerkraut: I am glad to be an inspiration. I wonder if this was why I always get in trouble, but if I get smacked again, I'll owe YOU one; *

karma said...

to the receiver, its the Big O

zveswj: sandwich without ze veggies

Jim said...

Owe
Oh
O
O o
Oh oh
Owe owe

..
Oh, there's music for this but you get the swing by saying it. This tune will stump the band.
Oh, it's been said better said than ...
..

Cooper said...

"We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world."

weirsdo said...

In LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN there is a wonderfully ironic list of the slogans on the ads that are used as wallpaper in the Gudger home: "You owe it to him, you owe it to her," etc. . . .

Cooper said...

Mark Twain - I forgot to add that.

tsduff said...

I owe a whole lot of folks a visit, as well as an answer to their comments on my blog... sorry sorry sorry. Quilly stole my line.

AP3 said...

Rabbit, rabbit! I owe you that much.

Doug said...

Nessa, I hear there's a pot of gold in the first comment.

Yeo, Amoeba. SEE ALSO QUAY, and pronounce it "key."

Congratulations, Quilly. They're lucky to have such an excellent photographer on hire.

Meow, Sauerkraut. Owe man.

Icy, you're a gentle dog.

TLP, rain checks and pink slips are always welcome.

Karma, repaid it's a lot rarer.

Nice beat and easy to dance to, Jim.

Great quote, Cooper and thanks for saving me the googling.

Interesting, Weirsdo. I'd like to pick that up sometime.

Terry, this is all voluntary or should be.

Rabbit rabbit, Sis.