By P. G. Wodehouse
Along with his overbearing sister, girl Constance, and the ill-tempered Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, approximately to descend upon Blandings fortress, Lord Elmsworth calls in his brother, Sir Galahad Threepwood, for ethical help. but if Dunstable indicates up with a debatable portrait of a nude girl, Blandings erupts in chaos. each eccentric visitor turns out to wish the portray, and for extraordinarily diverse reasons—Wilbur Trout since it feels like his ex-wife, and Lord Elmsworth simply because it's a ringer for his puppy pig! How on the planet will Gally kind this mess out?
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If they don’t, the company’s management or its accountants may put a finger or two on the scale until they do. B A L A N C E S H E E T, n. A day on which banks are closed to celebrate national holidays or, if it happens to be early March 1933, a day on which banks are closed because they might go bust if they stayed open. Such emergency bank holidays will never occur again anywhere, of course. B A N K H O L I D AY, A Run on the Bank by Depositors, photograph, 1 9 3 3 . F r a n k l i n D . Ro o s e v e l t Presidential Library and Museum JASON ZWEIG 20 n.
And n. See KITCHEN-SINK. B I G F O U R , n. A shrinking number of accounting firms whose profits keep growing, something that cannot always be said of their clients—or of the people who invest in stocks or bonds issued by those clients on the basis of audits by the Big Four. Formerly known as the “Big Five,” even earlier as the “Big Six,” and before that as the “Big Eight,” they now consist of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. See also AUDITOR; GAAP. B I G P R O D U C E R , n.
B A RU, n. One-hundredth of 1 percent, or one ten-thousandth of the total, a proportion so puny-sounding that no one ever begrudges paying a few basis points of his or her wealth to a hardworking Wall Streeter. Multiply a few ten-thousandths across a few billion dollars, pounds, euros, or quatloos, however, and pretty soon you’re talking real money. On $1 billion, for instance, 50 basis points equals $5 million. B A S I S P O I N T, “Our management fee is only 50 basis points,” said Phil D. Hopper, a portfolio manager at the investment firm of Tucker, Cash & Left in Grosse Point, Michigan.