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M&M Name

One of comedian Megan Amram’s hilarious tweets made Martha wonder about how M&M’s got their name. In 1940, Forrest Mars and an heir to the Hershey fortune, Bruce Murrie, created a candy similar to the European chocolates called...

song sharking

song sharking  n.— «The personals are full of them; want ads promising easy fame and fortune for people with undiscovered talent. Music industry neophytes show up, audition, and receive every promise under the sun, if they put up a little...

pure play

pure play  n.— «While subsidiaries of multiline insurers like UnitedHealth (Charts, Fortune 500) and WellPoint (Charts, Fortune 500) are still the biggest players in Medicaid, the “pure plays,” as they’re called, have grown...

partsumer

partsumer  n.— «It’s called fractional ownership, which dates to the 1960s time shares, Fortune (March 12) reports. In 1986, NetJets sparked a high-end trend when it began selling shares of planes, after which luxury resorts got into the...

spinning

spinning  n.— «Westly’s personal fortune also has proved something of a campaign liability. He has been criticized for engaging in a practice known as “spinning,” in which investment banks gave high-tech executives special...

DMW

DMW  n.— «The stock, after initially rebounding under Pressler from $10 a share to $25, has since drifted back down to $18. Same-store sales have declined for 18 of the past 21 months. By summer 2005, Pressler was referred to as...