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The coin of the realm

[ 2012-08-29 09:59] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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The coin of the realmWith the 1970’s came the Arab oil embargo and difficult economic times. Financial accountability became central to marketing strategy. Consequently, marketers began to pay more attention to cost efficiency and cost per Gross Rating Point (GRP) became the coin of the realm.

My comments:

Literally, coin of the realm is the legal money of a particular country. The British, some of them that is, used to refer to the United Kingdom as The Realm.

Figuratively speaking, if something is described as “coin of the realm”, then it is highly valued – as if it were money in a particular realm (area, sphere).

In the above example, hard economic times in the 1970s led businesses to paying more attention to cost, hence the idea cost efficiency began to gain currency, i.e. to be more and more accepted.

In fact, it became “the coin of the realm”, or in other words the order of the day.

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