Learn more about how English language communication affects your business.

 

In his book, The Story of Ain’t, David Skinner describes the heated controversy of revising Webster’s New International Dictionary with its 100,000 new words and definitions.

Here’s a review in the Wall Street Journal by James Kelly, called “You Say Prescriptive, I say Proper.” It took Webster’s three editions, but they finally acknowledged the word ‘hot dog.’ Oscar Mayer may you rest in peace.

WilsonsWriters as published in the Harvard Business Review
 

English is the Global Language of Business

Tsedal Neeley, assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School, believes there are three compelling reasons to adopt English as a corporate standard:

  • competitive pressure
  • globalization of tasks and resources
  • merger & acquisition integration across national boundaries. 

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WilsonsWriters' response to the above article. (Published in the Harvard Business Review)

"With the growth of internet-based commerce, it is the small and midsize companies with poor English skills that are getting left behind. Awkward phrasing, grammatical errors, and misspellings undermine their efforts to win customers. Good business language support needs to be accessible (and affordable) to everyone."

Karen Wilson, owner, WilsonsWriters

 
From the Wall Street Journal

From the Wall Street Journal

 

Language Barrier Blamed For Miscues and Losses

Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal

A report by EF Education First reveals that “nearly half the executives at global companies believe language barriers have spoiled cross-border deals and caused financial loss for companies.” 

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Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt

Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt

A Word to Wall Street

Arthur Levitt, The Wall Street Journal 

The author’s argument for using "plain English" in financial documents that go to the investing public makes good business sense. His reasoning can be applied to other industries as well. 

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Recommended Reading

Transient
 

Revising Business Prose

Richard A. Lanham

This book provides a quick and effective discourse on improving business language.