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What is the meaning of "company" in "Pooh and company"? Does it refer to Pooh's friends? But in that case shouldn't it be Pooh and the company? Thank you!

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  • See "Stalky & Co." (1899) by Rudyard Kipling. I've never read it, but I have the impression Stalky is a bit of a bully, and the "& Co." refers to his sycophantic mates (juvenile "henchmen"). Be aware that the Pooh Bear usage is a bit of an outlier - it's usually a fairly derogatory reference, particularly in the abbreviated form (i.e. - X & Co. tends to imply X and his cronies rather than X and his friends). So you might want to be careful about how you use it. Oct 23, 2021 at 15:19
  • In the case of some Wikipedia copywriter's "metaphoric" reference to Winnie the Pooh and company, the "derogatory" overtones of the usage are presumably intended to imply that Pooh is "a bit of a scamp", who "gets up to mischief". Which is typical of many children's "heroes" (Bart Simpson, Just William, Dennis the Menace, etc.). Bit it's not really a very good fit here, because so far as I recall, Pooh would never contemplate doing anything remotely "naughty" (though he does get into various "scrapes"). Oct 23, 2021 at 15:27
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    @FumbleFingers - I understand it as meaning 'and his usual associates' without any particularly derogatory sense. Oct 23, 2021 at 15:44
  • If it's the company, then which established company should we assume it to be? The Fellowship of the Ring? Microsoft? The uncountable indefinite sense of the word (which is the same as in having company over for dinner) is a better fit for the given context. Oct 23, 2021 at 16:14
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    I take it that's a Freudian slip, and that you're just lumping Nigel Farage and Michael Gove into "the same" political bucket. But to be honest, apart from the fact that they both happened to agree with half the country as regards Brexit, I can't see they have that much in common politically. Oct 24, 2021 at 12:05

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It means 'Pooh and his friends'. You would not use 'the' before 'company'.

You can say 'and company' after mentioning a person's name, to refer also to the people who are associated with that person.

Definition of 'and company' (Collins Dictionary)

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    I think it worth noting that "and the company" would imply that the person is someone authorized to speak for and/or act on behalf of an actual incorporated entity, and would probably be used to talk about some action that they're taking - "responding to allegations of wrongdoing at X Inc., CEO John Smith and the company put out a joint statement...".
    – minnmass
    Oct 24, 2021 at 6:52

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