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“lend” vs. “borrow”

 

The difference in meaning between these two words is so basic, I'm almost speechless when somebody — anybody — in a responsible position doesn't know the difference. It makes them sound so stupid. Even 7th graders know the difference.

 

Example:

Jack Lucking, VP Auto Sales for all Walser dealerships in Minnesota, this morning on WCCO Radio said,  "This is such a nice car you will be happy to BORROW IT to your friends."

 

For those people who only understand sports analogies, the LENDER is like a football quarterback; he lends something to somebody else. The BORROWER is like a wide receiver; he borrows/receives something from the lender. That is, he catches the ball that the quarterback has thrown.

 

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