What's the word for this (not "amortize")?


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Adam Funk

What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
 
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Pat Durkin

Adam Funk said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
"pay for"

The season ticket costs $20. . .

It is unusual in the US to have to go in person to the ticket window to
pay for the season ticket in installments. I suppose one might want to
pay for the ticket on an installment plan.

I use my credit card for the entire amount, and can spread the payments
out over a period of time chosen by me. However, with a total amount as
small as $20, I would either pay the total by check or by debit card, or
even in cash. US postage for 3 additional mailed payments would be more
than $1.20 (5 %+), and, unless I can make those additional payments on
my way to or from someplace else (so as not to incur an additional
expenditure of effort or time) I would really, really want to pay the
entire charge up front. Oh, I pay my credit cards online, choosing the
monthly amounts at will. I usually pay the entire balance due, and
don't carry anything forward, thereby avoiding finance charges. I bank
online, and transfer the correct amounts from savings accounts that earn
interest, to the checking account, which earns very little interest.
 
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Jonathan Morton

Adam Funk said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
Not quite an answer to the question (i.e. not a single word) but the
expression I would expect to see is "I need to come here three more times
before it's paid for itself". That's illogical also, but everyone will know
what you mean.

Regards

Jonathan
 
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David DeLaney

What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."
"get my money's worth out of" "not counting that one game, you know the one,
wasn't worth it"

Dave
 
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John D Salt

What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."
Satisvalorize.

Sufficicate.

Equipecunify.

Nimsworth.

Any of those should do.

All the best,

John.
 
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joetaxpayer

Adam said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
More like "so on average I only paid $5 a visit". I see this word
misused all the time and understand just what the speaker meant to say.
The Latin root 'mort' means "death', and one amortizes a loan by paying
it off over time. Buying an item and getting your money's worth is good,
but it's not amortizing.

A friend was spending nearly $100 taking his family to the movies once a
month. By dropping $2000 on a plasma TV, and borrowing 'just released'
DVDs from the library, instead of going to the movies, he figured to
break even in less than two years. But there still was no amortizing
involved.

JOE
 
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anTonOMasia

* Adam Funk wrote, On 05/21/2007 03:16 PM:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
.... not feel like a fool for spending four times the
admission for this one event."

Also: SAIT.
 
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Don Phillipson

What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
You will probably find most English-speaking people
use the word amortize only for large sums of money
(usually repaid in several or many instalments.) For
amounts so small as $20, they usually speak about
"getting their money's worth."
 
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Oleg Lego

What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

I think I've been misusing "amortize".
I can't think of a single word, but if I wanted to express it, I'd say
something like:

"... to make it worthwhile."
"... to break even."
"... to get my money's worth."
 
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Otto Bahn

Adam Funk said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."
Condone or remit (along with justify).

--oTTo--

Capable of using an online thesaurus since Jan 2, 1996
 
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Pavel314

Adam Funk said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times to
_____ it."

'break even on'
 
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Mark Edwards

No said:
What's the correct word to use in this example?

"The season ticket cost $20 so I need to come here 3 more times
to _____ it."
"to completely cover it with sperm"? Your kink is batting a thousand.


Mark Edwards
 

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