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"It looks like they're finished" bahahahahahahaha
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Thanks to Google, I learned that Dorothy Rowe in one of her books said "that the English language has too many nouns and not enough verbs." Using nouns as metaphors probably just makes up for all those missing actions (even though there's at least 250,00 words in the English language).

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Jerenee wrote:

You know, I was going to consider this thought of yours, but then I was distracted by your avatar of Hōsei Yamasaki from Gaki no Tsukai and spent that time I could have used considering that thought looking up an English translation of one of their Batsu specials instead. You might not have blown my mind, but now I'm going to be entertained for the rest of my night. So...thanks?


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illuminati.
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Etmyonline --

building (n.)
"a structure," c.1300, verbal noun from build (v.).

Dictionary.com --

-ing
a suffix of nouns formed from verbs, expressing the action of the verb or its result, product, material, etc.

Will this suffice?
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Why do they call it a building? It looks like they're finished. Why isn't it a built?


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Maybe because they are never meant to be completely finished. There is always room for improvement in life and of course nothing lasts forever.
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Gramatically, calling something that's already been built; a building, is fine. I don't see a problem with it. It's just like calling a place where people have already gathered; a 'gathering,' people like to call it that, don't they?
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BakaNikujaga wrote:

Etmyonline --

building (n.)
"a structure," c.1300, verbal noun from build (v.).

Dictionary.com --

-ing
a suffix of nouns formed from verbs, expressing the action of the verb or its result, product, material, etc.

Will this suffice?


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SwellRhymes wrote:


tf2pyros wrote:

Why do they call it a building? It looks like they're finished. Why isn't it a built?


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Thank you.
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It's actually a contraction. In the dark ages, commoners saw the ability to build in a magic-like context. They knew there were builders. In awe, they referred to their creations as "builded-things" this, of course, was eventually contracted to "build'ings". After the pilgrims came to America, many words had their apostrophes dropped, so it simply became "buildings". They are actually still referred to as "build'ings" in certain parts of Europe.
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PS. My previous post was just a bunch of baloney. Please don't take it seriously.
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You just blew my mind.
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