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May 5, 2022
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clickbait
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acquihire
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acquihire
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acquihire

PRONUNCIATION:
(AK-wi-hy-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: The purchase of a company for its talent rather than its products or services.
verb tr.: To buy a company in this manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by Rex Hammock as a combination of acquire + hire. From Latin quaerere (to seek, get) and Old English hyrian (to hire). Earliest documented use: 2005.

NOTES:
Even before the current shortage of employees, the biggest challenge for a company was recruiting. Ask any employer and they’d tell you how hard it is to find great talent. Sometimes, large companies simply buy another company -- typically a startup -- to acquire its talent.

USAGE:
“Danna and Kuba personify the reason why God invented acquihires several years back.”
Rob Reid; After On; Del Rey; 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going. -Christopher Morley, writer (5 May 1890-1957)

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