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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A very large sum of money.
ETYMOLOGY:From the reference to the large sum required to secure the release of a king from captivity.
USAGE:"Its nickname, CrackBerry, says it all. [A study] found that a third of BlackBerry users show signs of addiction 'similar to alcoholics'. Many companies would give a king's ransom for such customer dependency."
Are You Addicted To Your BlackBerry?; Forbes (New York); Apr 3, 2008.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Profits, like sausages and laws, are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them. -Gary Hector, author and journalist (b. 1951)