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Posted by Gary Martin on October 11, 2007

In Reply to: Benefit-in-kind posted by Phillip Devonport on October 11, 2007

: Benefit-in-kind. I arrived here hoping to find support for my assertion that it is really benefit-in-kine because kine is the old plural for cow. i.e. benefit in goods (live stock). Do I have any supporters and more important proof references?

That's a nice idea, but I can't find anything that supports it. 'Payment in kind' dates back to at least 1730, when it was referred to in the English Law of Tithes:

"Honey falls under the Rule of a Perfonal Tithe, and yet it is usually paid in Kind."
"She thought fit to transubstantiate their Nature from Personal to a Predial Tithe, and accordingly claim'd their Payment in Kind."