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    acme shares

    What is "acme shares" in the following? Blue chip stocks?

    banking - merchant banking - share dealing - acme shares - my acme shares

    Thank you.

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    Re: acme shares

    Do you have more context? Where did you see this? What did it come from?

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    Re: acme shares

    Acme can mean the highest point, so they would be the best shares, though not necessarily by an official objective measure.

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    Re: acme shares

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Do you have more context? Where did you see this? What did it come from?

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    My quote is a part of a figure. Let me provide you with some more related context.

    Some people prefer to speak globally, while others like to be specific. Flexible communication requires the ability to chunk up, down or laterally depending upon the situation. .... Effective politicians are experts at this. If you were to ask a ploitician a relatively small-chunk question like "what are you going to do about income tax?", a skilled politician will chunk upward, i.e. "income tax is but one element in the fight to keep inflation under control which we have said will remain at the top of our agenda."

    This response chunked up from income tax to inflation. A lateral move remains at the same chunk size. Figure 7.2 demonstrates all three moves---up, down and lateral---with the question that triggers the move in each direction.

    Figure 7.2 Stepping up, down and laterally

    upward (general)
    commerce - exchange - communication - ideas

    lateral
    banking - food retail - insurance - motor trade

    downward (specific)
    banking - merchant banking - share dealing - acme shares - my acme shares

    Is there any possibility "acme shares" refer to the shares of the company, Acme Ltd?

    And I'm a little confused about the meanings of "commerce" and "exchange" in red in the above context.
    Does "commerce" here mean "social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc" or "an interchange of goods and commodities"?
    And does "exchange" here mean "an argument or quarrel" or "the act or process of exchanging something like goods"? It seems to me when they mean the formers, it will be more logical in the context where the items chunk upward.

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    Re: acme shares

    I can't answer your second question.

    In the US, "Acme" is sometimes used a generic name for a company. In a famous cartoon, the coyote is always buying things from Acme to try to capture/kill the roadroader.

    Just like we use the word "widgets" to mean "a product of any sort," we sometimes use "Acme" to mean "a company of any sort."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: acme shares

    I see.

    Many thanks.

    By the way, would you please answer the first question, too?

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    Re: acme shares

    Share of stock in "Acme" company -- where Acme stands in almost as a pronoun for any specific company.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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