What is the Meaning of the Expressions
KEEP SCORE / THE SCORE IS EVEN / CONSIDER IT EVEN / WE’RE EVEN?
Sometimes in English we talk about keeping score.
This is a sports analogy. In sports you can earn and lose points.
When you keep score in life, you remember the good and bad things that happen in your interactions with others.
In these expressions, even means equal.
Imagine we go out together for lunch and I pay for your lunch. A month later, we go out for lunch again, and I get out my wallet to pay for your lunch again.
You stop me and say, “No. You paid last time; it’s my turn.”
I might say, “Oh, that doesn’t matter. I’m not keeping score.”
See STORY example: The score was now even. He was happy.
In the STORY, the author did something that made Jesse unhappy, so he did something to make her unhappy in return. The score was even.