Terminology, etiquette, and conventions used when doing business in English.

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Is the term “step-action table” jargon?

I'm an engineer. My doc team has been using step-action tables to create user-facing documentation for some software that I've built recently. I think these tables are awesome, but I keep seeing ...
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An alternative to “stakeholder”

Here's a sentence taken from an executive memo, "Action item: get feedback from stakeholders on SuperDongle 9000". Is there something that can replace "stakeholder"? The word is not being used ...
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Compound adjective or short phrase to describe something that is affected by an issue

I'm looking for a word, compound adjective or very short phrase that could be used to describe something, such as a parcel delivery, that is affected by an issue. What I'm looking for is supposed to ...
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Is “Announceable” as a noun an Australianism?

I just heard of the word "Announceable" being as a noun. This word was announced as a Word of the Year candidate in 2011 by the Macquarie Dictionary. An example from 2010, albeit using sneer quotes: ...
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How to say that while performing your job duties you interact with other people in English only?

Odd question, but I just can't google anything on that matter. A friend of mine is writing a CV (she is not a native English speaker). In a CV she wants to say, that while she performs her job duties ...
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How else can I say “Mary would be well served by…”

I'm giving feedback/advice to an individual and need to express it in a non-directive, non-prescriptive manner. While it may seem a passive approach, the context is very delicate. An example would ...
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I am on “annual leave”?

This one has been bothering me the past couple of weeks. On many (most!) people's email auto-responders, when they go on holiday, they set it to something along the lines of: I am currently on ...
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My Company Name is Correct?

I already have an established company name. However need a pure English speaker to advise me if the name should be in plural or not. My company name is “Gadgets World” should it be Gadgets or just ...
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Is there a collective term for charges & fees?

Say I have documentation of a particular account with both amounts credited & amounts charged(fees). What would be an appropriately descriptive term for the collection of credits & ...
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How to say that I work only as a contractor using the “B2B” term? [closed]

I sometimes answer to different job offers where it's written that the only form of employment is a regular full-time employment agreement. What's the natural way of saying that I prefer B2B (I really ...
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“Firstname” or “First Name”?

In filling out forms, I'm starting to see a lot of this: Firstname: xx Lastname: yy Is it generally acceptable to join the words like that? Or should we be sticking to: First Name: ...
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What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer?

What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer? Can you make some sentences using the word prospective for better understanding?
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Latin equivalent for “case-by-case” phrase

I would appreciate a reminder of the Latin-phrase equivalent, or alternative suggestions, for "case-by-case," specifically for language to be included in a public-private case-study. Thank you.
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Can “thanks in advance” be considered rude?

Some argue that because “thanks in advance” is written before any help has been offered, it adds an expectation of help and thus can be considered presumptuous. Is this reasonable? Would it be ...
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More accurate terms for one-sided business information?

The expressions such as "one-sided", "misleading", "just marketing" and "flawed" are more neutral and casual to more extreme terms such as "propaganda", "brainwash" and "wrong". I want to learn very ...
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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What is the difference between “look into” and “look at” when used in figurative meaning? [closed]

Thank you for sending me the introduction of your company. We will "look into"/"look at" it later. What is the difference between "look into" and "look at" when used with a figurative meaning ...
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Is it bad to write “the rest of the gang”?

One person proposed something, then I told him my personal opinion. The I told him "...but I still need to discuss this issue with the rest of the gang". I mean my colleague and superiors. Is this ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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A word for a company that provides a service

I'm writing up a business model and have arrived at the point to place the business in the value chain. I know that the business would go in the spot where the 'retailer' usually is however, a ...
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What does 'the date is in my calendar' mean?

I received a single-sentence reply 'the date is in my calendar' when I asked a person to make an appointment with a specific date. I thought it means the date works for the person at the beginning. ...
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“Redline” explanation [closed]

Expedite the process by requiring the Customer to “redline” any changes to drafts throughout the review process, and be careful not to send any contract drafts to the Customer that contain internal ...
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A synonym for 'à la carte' to describe additional services provided

What is a synonym, specifically for business negotiation, to describe additional services provided (e.g. The following services will be offered à la carte:...)?
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What does type or print name and title mean? [closed]

I am filling out my articles of organization to form an LLC and in the last part it says to type or print my name and title. I know what the type or print part means but I'm confused with what the ...
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Is “premises” always plural?

On-premises ... On-premise I see these terms frequently used to describe software systems hosted within a company's datacenter vs. software systems hosted externally by a third party (in the ...
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What is the antonym of Consignment sale?

I have a question regarding terms for trade and commerce. What is the antonym of 'consignment sale'? On consignment sale basis, sellers just keep the goods and pay manufacturers or suppliers only when ...
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“Out of the box” — when should I use this phrase?

I send a lot of unsolicited emails. In many of them, I ask to buy traditional advertising spots or to help conceive a non-traditional campaign. Oftentimes, I find myself describing these ...
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How to ask formally - please suggest a course of action?

Can someone please suggest an alternative way of asking business stakeholders: "Please suggest a necessary course of action" ...after a part of their plan was rejected by higher authorities. ...
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Meaning of “ace up your sleeve” in business context

I know that "an ace up your sleeve " is an idiom . However , I don't understand the meaning of the term when our manager says to our data scientist : "You produced what you always produce - a ...
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what's “disruption” globally mean today? [closed]

The word "disruption" doesn't have the same meaning, also totally different when used in business context. Someone can help define it better? Thanks
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Usage of without in conjunction with within

In my experience, the word "without" is generally used as a preposition to describe some action for example: I went to Paris without my bag. I believe though, that I have heard it used with ...
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What does a “logo” means in sales/business talk?

At my company we use the term "new logos" in context of acquiring new customers, but I never heard it before so I googled and I could barely find anything except for this one article: The Reason ...
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Word for a retailer's distinctive products

When I worked in retail, I learned terms such as "loss leader", which describes a product that generates little or no profit but draws customers into a store. Is there a similar term for the unique ...
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Is it not nice to describe self as “shrewd”?

Here is how I described our firm in brief: is a group of shrewd professionals who went through myriad business situations and are passionate about understanding business objectives and solving ...
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How to add clarity to a declarative sentence? [closed]

I have the following sentence, and I am wondering how I could make it more clear, and catchy because i feel like there is something wrong with it. Does the message come across properly? ...
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Not sure if this is grammatically correct: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship

I am a little confused about this slogan that I wrote: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship. I feel this sentence is not complete and could be rephrased to be shorter and ...
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What do you call the base amount for a loan, investment etc?

If I get a mortgage from the bank I pay interest every month, same when I invest money, I make profit every year. How do you call the actual amount I invested or borrowed? It's *__ + interest* or ...
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Can I say I landed at Boston? [closed]

I know the plane lands in Boston but can I say I landed in Boston ?
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Etymology of “gladhand” (truck hose coupler)

References for "glad hand" in its common meaning of "effusive but perhaps insincere greeting" seem easy to find [1], and it's easy to find definitions for the truck-hose-coupler meaning of gladhand ...
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What does “CP” stand for? (job name) [closed]

I saw a person had described his position as "CP at example.com" on Linkedin. Not someone who I know personally, but I had been in contact when he asked me to publish my Android application on this ...
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Is it common to use 'time slot' to refer to days/weeks?

How would you say to a client that you a have a 'free time slot' (like days or weeks) to take a job? Is it common to refer to 'time slot' even if I'm thinking about days or even weeks?
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What is the meaning of the expression “We can table this”?

This came up in an email discussion - we are arguing about the merits and demerits of a certain approach, and I mentioned what I thought was a drawback to a scheme. To that, my colleague replied : ...
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Is it correct to say “from conceptualization to realisation”?

I am writing a business email to a client and I want to tell him that we have developed many softwares from first step (from an idea) to last step (a real product). Is it correct to write it like ...
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Word for a gift you get by virtue of your job

I am certain I once read a definition of a word that describes the gift you get only by virtue of your job and not really given to you personally. Like, when the US President gets a rug from the ...
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“We are familiar” improvement [closed]

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections

I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally. League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.
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How should “The Cloud” be capitalized?

"We are migrating our core systems into (1) The Cloud ... or (2) the cloud ... or (3) the Cloud???" I've googled (Googled?) this and found the usual range of differing opinions but as yet no ...
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Is there an intuitive noun for this type of business transaction

In the domain I am working in (business accounting), I'm struggling to find a term to explain an event which takes place. Supposing we have two sides to this business accounting we want to represent: ...
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Product name for service that manages connections [closed]

Looking for a word or catchy phrase that captures the meaning of "connection management". I work for a web-based company that manages APIs (API's are the connective tissue of the Internet of Things). ...