Thus, Goldman found them a willing buyer for the junk piled into abacus.
But abacus and similar deals were already sucking money out of Rhineland, according to a person familiar with the matter.
late 14c., "sand table for drawing, calculating, etc.," from Latin abacus, from Greek abax (genitive abakos) "counting table," from Hebrew abaq "dust," from root a-b-q "to fly off." Originally a drawing board covered with dust or sand that could be written on to do mathematical equations. Specific reference to a counting frame is 17c. or later.