On 2014-03-05 23:23, Greg Ewing wrote:
Carl Smith wrote:
I was thinking of a short word which describes an expression who's evaluation changes depending on the local circumstances. Like a legal bill, not a dollar bill.
Oh. Well, I must say that this was very far from being the first interpretation of the word "bill" that sprang to mind when I saw it.
I wasn't even aware of this meaning of the term "legal bill" (although admittedly I'm not used to living in a country where the laws vary wildly from one place to another).
In the UK we talk about "Bills" being put before Parliament.
It reminds me of that quotation about the UK and US: “Two nations divided by a common language”. In the UK you can pay a bill using a cheque; in the US you can pay the check using bills (but a "check" is also a (UK) cheque!).