Bailout. I used to equate this with the penal system - as in bail someone out of jail.
Lately, bailout has taken on a new meaning - as in bail out companies and businesses whose poor decisions put them in dire financial straits.
First, the U.S. Congress bailed out the nation's financial markets to the tune of $700 billion.
While this plan initially left me scratching my head, I began to see the wisdom after a few local experts put it into layman's terms for me.