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Managers Making the Move; Reins vs Reigns

When someone gets promoted it is called “taking the reins” as in taking control of the horse. It’s an old saying, but an accurate word picture.

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Late one night, I was sending emails to a group of colleagues and erroneously typed “taking the reigns”. One of my most esteemed friends pinged back right away alerting me to my goof. She pointed out that ‘reigns’ would mean taking over the HOUSE, not the HORSE.