Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
The practice of buying enough shares in a company to threaten a takeover, forcing the owners to buy them back at a higher price in order to retain control.
- ‘I was acquiring businesses through leveraged buyouts and greenmail which with more forethought I would have left well alone.’
- ‘Within this safe harbor, greenmail, in effect, is legalized.’
- ‘By the mid-1990s, state legislatures had taken the lead in opposing greenmail through legislation.’
- ‘They bought off would-be raiders with greenmail.’
- ‘This article develops a model in which greenmail and other forms of management resistance to takeovers can benefit shareholders.’
1980s: blend of green and blackmail.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.