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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: The leader of a company, group, etc.
From the use of bananas as a prop in burlesque shows. Earliest documented use: 1947. A person in a secondary role is called a second banana.
“‘I’m no longer going to be in charge,’ Mr. Riggio said. ‘I’m done with that. I’m done with being top banana.’”
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg; Pioneering Barnes & Noble Leader to Step Down; The Wall Street Journal (New York); Apr 27, 2016.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (12 Jul 1817-1862)