Posted by Richard Haut on October 30, 2002 at 12:14:37:
In Reply to: Re: silly question, tough to answer posted by Peter on October 30, 2002 at 11:13:36:
I think that the reason may originate from the fact that building - the art of erecting different types of structures - became used as a general term for those structures. Originally the term "building" would not have had a clear enough meaning when used in general terms. A cathedral, a wooden house, a fortress would have been so distinct that no general term would have had any purpose.
I do not know if this is a correct interpretation, but if it is, then the word "building", used as a noun, would be slang.
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