Still, it's no surprise Walmart was among the first recipients, since the retailer is hostess' largest single customer.
The liquidation closed all hostess plants and bakeries and 15,000 employees were laid off immediately.
Everyone stood, smiled, greeted, shook hands, smiled—the usual drill when host and hostess greet their guests.
late 13c., "woman who keeps an inn or public hotel," from host (n.1) + -ess, or from Old French hostesse (Modern French hôtesse). Meaning "woman who presides at a dinner party, etc." recorded by 1822. Also used mid-20c. in sense "female who entertains customers in nightclubs," with overtones of prostitution.