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.
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
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.”
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.
Revising Business Prose
Richard A. Lanham
This book provides a quick and effective discourse on improving business language.