Revised as of 16 February 2018
I’m guessing that the author had been doing some renovating and had gotten billed for some construction work. It could by why the accountant character build a client. Well, it’s the best excuse I can come up with otherwise there’s no earthly reason why someone would confuse billed with build.
Or maybe a hooker with a great build who billed her client?
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: build|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Past tense or a past participle for bill
Adjective; Verb, transitive
|Noun 1; Verb 4, intransitive & transitive|
[Ornithology] Having a bill or beak, especially one of a specified kind, shape, color, etc.(usually used in combination)
List a person or event in a program
Send a note of charges to (someone)
The dimensions or proportions of a person’s or animal’s body
[Computing] A compiled version of a program
[Masonry] A vertical joint
To make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials
[Build on] Use as a basis for further progress or development
Construct (something, typically something large or complex) by putting parts or material together over a period of time
[Games] To make (words) from letters
We saw a a yellow-billed magpie yesterday morning.
He was billed as “the new Sean Connery”.
We shall be billing them for the damage caused.
He had been billed $3,000 for his license.
We billed her $400,000.
She was of medium height and slim build.
He has the ideal build for a sprinter.
The revue was a build once word-of-mouth took hold.
Whoa, she has one sexy build.
The house was of modern build.
It’s best to do frequent, incremental builds of data.
He said he’d finish the build tomorrow.
He likes to build houses, the more compact, the better.
The nation should build on the talents of its workforce.
We will build up confidence in our abilities through the team exercises.
He can build on the philosophies of the past.
The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
Build a fire under him. That’ll get him moving.
We can build the factory next year.
The city council plans to build a bridge.
Engineers want to build in extra traction.
We’ll build up the business with our own two hands.
I hate to build up your hopes, if you don’t pass this exam.
We’re here to build boys into men.
I want a relationship to build on trust.
You only get eight tiles to build your word.
|Adjective: billable, unbilled
Noun: bill, biller, bills, billing
Verb: billed, billing
Verb: misbuild, misbuilt, misbuilding; outbuild, outbuilt, outbuilding; prebuild, prebuilt, prebuilding; superbuild, superbuilt, superbuilding
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English denoting a written list or catalog is from the Anglo-Norman French bille, probably based on the medieval Latin bulla meaning seal or sealed document.||1 Early 14th century, a building.
1610s, was built.
1660s, it became a style of construction from the verb, build.
4 Late Old English byldan meaning construct a house. A verb form of bold meaning house is from the Proto-Germanic *buthlam (compare to the Old Saxon bodl, Old Frisian bodel meaning building, house), from Proto-Indo-European *bhu- meaning to dwell, from the root *bheue- meaning to be, exist, grow.
Rare in Old English; in Middle English build won out over the more common Old English timbran (timber).
After the late 16th century, build was used to refer to physical things other than buildings.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
Pinterest Photo Credits
This long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus, is Basar’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL licenses, and this Woodward Wight 1922 Invoice from Woodward, Wight, & Company is in the public domain; both are via Wikimedia Commons.