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I've come across the word "learnings" twice recently -

  • Stripe - "Running an online business is a difficult endeavor. Stripe Elements let you take advantage of Stripe’s collective learnings in security and building/optimizing checkout experiences so that you can focus on your product."

  • Microsoft - "In this post, I will cover: [..] * Key Learnings"

It seems to me that the word "learnings" can be replaced with "knowledge" (in the first case) or "lessons" (in the second case) with a clearer meaning. Is there some additional nuance conveyed by the word "learnings"? Is there a situation where the "learnings" conveys intent better than the alternatives?

For example, this answer says:

My personal impression is that the modern use sounds like annoying business jargon or non-native speaker use, and I would not use it myself.

  • I would agree with the quoted answer, and add that it adds the implication the the speaker "learned" new information that others may not have. knowledge or lessons may be widely available, but "learnings" might be only understood after the smart people ran tests and analyzed data. – katatahito Jul 2 at 3:07
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    @katatahito I also find it unfamiliar, awkward and quite ugly but I do understand that there are differences between 'learnings', 'knowledge' and 'lessons'. 'Knowledge' implies that the information or has been available for a long while and might have been acquired from other people's writing and teaching. 'Lessons' implies either that the information or skill set was acquired from the teaching of others or through repeated failure. In the Stripe quote I read 'learnings' as referring to skills and information gained by experience, but less painfully. Personally I would use 'experience'. – BoldBen Jul 2 at 4:11
  • I've come across learnings frequently - I fully agree with the quoted answer. For the first example - 'experience' seems more appropriate. In the second answer, I would suggest something like 'take aways' (which also teeters on jargon, but is a little less contrived in my opinion). – Balaz2ta Jul 2 at 4:16
  • @Balaz2ta, could you write an answer? It seems like you already have one but in the comments :P. – cutculus Jul 2 at 13:17
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    Why do you believe that the sentence you quote from First use of “learnings”? does not constitute a sufficient answer to this question? What else needs to be said about this word? – jsw29 Jul 2 at 22:50

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