Why are creditors called creditors but debtors aren't called debitors?
They are called debitors (according to the font of wisdom that is Wikipedia):
A debtor or debitor is a legal entity (legal person) that owes a debt to another entity.
According to the typist at my last firm they often are called debitors.
Worse still, there terms are seemingly interchangeable depending not on what i wanted typed, but more on what she feels like typing that day.
We had a 'typist' with the computer set to USA spelling
'Company' caused particular problems
A creditor is owed a credit
A debtor owes a debt
Because we are British.
In the USA spellings were changed because their first dictionary was written by someone who figured out for himself what the spelling should be and ignored existing British dictionaries
Webster 1806, 20 years after being released from British citizenship
English dictionaries go back a further 200 years
I agree, this type of stuff is what made learning hard for me, everything seemed to be the opposite. I now get confused when it's the right way around. Doing reverse journals are currently my 'ok let's say this out loud and it'll make sense' moments. I wonder if I'll ever be able to work without my T accounts too.
I sometimes feel like I'm reversing down a tight path with a trailer on the back of my car, every turn needs to be the opposite to how it looks.
(But yes your original question is another weird one).