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If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following example:

Say two people Alice and Bob maintained a common expenses spreadsheet online to track who owed who how much. Would it be appropriate to name that sheet 'Alice-Bob Owements'?

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    'Alice-Bob Debts' would be a perfectly good title in your example: why don't you like it? Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 13:32
  • @TimLymington: Maybe it's just me, but I thought 'Alice-Bob Debts' (or 'Alice-Bob Loans') sounded like they together owed someone else. owement was so apt, except there's no such word! Oh well..
    – SNag
    Commented Apr 19, 2014 at 14:21
  • Why not say "Debts Between Bob and Alice"? Commented May 8, 2018 at 8:45
  • What you seem to be describing is a balance sheet.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 12:04
  • This question of mine is over 4 years old and is suddenly getting attention! I'm 4 years older too, and hopefully wiser, and I can see that owement sounds stupid and made-up! I've accepted the debt/dues answer.
    – SNag
    Commented May 9, 2018 at 10:25

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Debt sounds good for your spreadsheet. In prose, try due, as in "get your due."

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If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment-You acquitted your obligation or to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).

If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an obligation or the act of binding or obliging oneself by a promise, contract, etc.

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  • How this can be considered as a good answer? It does not relate to the given example (from the question) at all.
    – mzrnsh
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 10:37
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You are probably referring to a credit and debit list

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You could use the noun Borrowing : something that is borrowed

Alice-Bob Borrowings

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Say two people Alice and Bob maintained a common expenses spreadsheet online to track who owed who how much. Would it be appropriate to name that sheet 'Alice-Bob Owements'?

There is a term IOU (stands for 'I owe you') which would work nicely for this spreadsheet purposes, but not sure if it's a good option for other cases.

So it could be 'Alice-Bob IOUs'

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/IOU

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