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

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Review manager/reviews manager

I work for a transcription company where my job is to both review files for accuracy and oversee and coordinate with other people who also will review files. Is it more accurate to say that I am the ...
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'Bucketization' - English or corporate speak?

I work in a BPO and sometimes we talk about 'bucketizing' an audience (segregating them based on performance/scores). Does such a word exist or should I pass this off as corporate jargon? The word is ...
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What is the term used to remind someone to submit something that is in a rush and important in a business term?

as the topic stated, I'm currently in a situation where the term "notification" is kind of over used, so I'm trying to find alternatives to emphasize the importance of the notification. Here's the ...
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What's another way of saying, “The problem with that is…”

I have a call center rep who constantly tells customers, "The problem with that.." or "Let me tell what the problem with that is." What would be a more appropriate phrase?
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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Was I being impolite using this phrase “Add our John Doe in the copy :)” at the end of a business conversation? [closed]

Some context: English is not my native language and I had a chat with my colleague from a remote location. She asked my team lead to add two users in some system and since the team lead was off the ...
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How to describe a job done for a long time, with breaks?

I am writing my resume and I want to add that I did freelancing work for about ten years, with off and on periods. If I translate it directly from my first language, I would get: Freelance work ...
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Word that describes a person's occupation?

For example, a demonym is the name given to the inhabitants of a particular location. Demonym: United States -> American Is there a word for the name given to people that do a certain job? (Word I'...
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Is there a word for a job title that are based on doing busy work [duplicate]

Is there a word for a job title that doesn't actually contribute to increasing productivity in an organization and is redundant, wouldn't matter if this positions were vacant and even if you make them ...
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Deletion of Plural Forms in Business Names

There's a pet peeve that I encounter often while reading advertisements and business names. It's the deletion of plural forms of words. For example, today I noticed a place called something like "...
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What to call value compared with the previous day's value in stock exchange?

I'd like to know what to call the value compared with the previous day's value in English. This image is what I screen-captured in tradingview.com Q1. what do you call these values in English? -> (0....
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What do you call the “one who requests” and the “one who offers”?

In some sort of an exchange (maybe of services, maybe of items), there are those who seek and then request, and those who offer. What would be pleasent nouns to use for these roles? "requester"/"...
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How to use the term “carbon copy” in business emails?

How does one use the term "carbon copy" in an email setting? Some options that come to mind are: In carbon copy is my manager. I'm leaving my manager in carbon copy. My manager is in carbon copy. ...
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Usual phrase for “Quarterly financial results” [closed]

The question basically explains it... I'm looking for a phrase commonly used when you are referring for your business quarterly/monthly/bimonthly report of losses and gains and expenditures?
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A synonym for “circumvent” which does not have connotations of deception [closed]

I'd like to circumvent a regulation in a way which does not imply that I have been sneaky or deceptive. I have used a justified alternative method to avoid being subject to the regulation.
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Looking for a software development term describing the effort it takes to learn a new skill/framework

I want to say that the framework is designed for rapid development, maximal portability, and minimal [time-to-figure-out-how-to-use-it]. The idea is that it's very intuitive, so you don't need to ...
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I hope you can help me in this matter // is it correct? [closed]

I am writing a letter to the company with attached CV. This company can manage accreditation process and provide world leading task management and support for a specific type of job. In the end of my ...
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What to call potential customers/prospects? [closed]

I'm a sales person and I'm writing a mail to make an appointment with prospects. I'd like to write honestly to them that: "the purpose of this business trip is to visit potential customers". Is it ...
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Meaning of “What are your new coordinates”?

I have moved to a new job in a new country. One of my old colleagues send me an email asking "what are you new coordinates?". Does he/she mean what is your new contact information? Or it is an idiom ...
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Attention line in letters [closed]

Is "To the attention of" a correct phrase to be used instead of "Attn:" in the attention line of a business letter?
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Nice expression for saying “I need to actually do the entire task just to check if it is doable”

So my client is asking to quickly tell him if a certain task is doable. But there is no way of just quickly checking its feasibility except for actually performing the entire task. How do I intimate ...
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How to address a formal letter to a group of women

How do you address a formal letter to a group of women - i.e. the equivalent of Dear Sirs, for women?
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What does “business optional” mean?

A recent question at Academia SE elicited an answer that used the term "business optional": In the corporate work environment it is quite common for things to not really be entirely optional. A ...
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Pursue a profession or pursue a career?

Is "pursuing" a valid way to ask for a persons work situation? When I googled it, I found "pursue a career" but I want to ask about his situation rather than his work goal. Is this correct?: Are you ...
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Name for industry standard cost

If you are a business that charges neither at the premium end of the scale nor the cheapest... but charge around average prices, what is the name for that? Off the top of my head I'm thinking: ...
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Is the language used in patents archaic or intentionally obtuse? [closed]

Example: [f] moving said second cart to said proximate end of said scanning device so that said trays in said second cart be passed through said scanning device at said proximate end. Is the ...
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How to ______ a product to the group

I want to describe a process for 'welcoming a new product to the group'. I'm not particularly fond of the word 'welcoming' in this context. Onboarding doesn't seem to be a valid word either. ...
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What pronouns would be appropriate to use in a business proposal? [closed]

I am writing a response to a Request For Proposal (e.g. responding to government agency or non-profit org), and I'm trying to understand what is the best practice for use of pronouns... I see a lot of ...
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What should be used instead of 'PTO' for contractors? [closed]

When a full-time employee takes time off from their job, they often send an email titled 'PTO Friday', for example. PTO meaning paid time off. However, contractors like myself don't get paid time off. ...
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Publicly available but privately owned

I'm struggling to find correct terminology to refer to something which is freely available (as in, no monetary cost) but is likely not free from copyright. Everyone may use a newspaper article that is ...
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Business proposal

A business proposal is when a company offers a service to a client. What is it called when a client instead writes an offer to various companies using the same or similar format of a business ...
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“administrate”/“manage” vs “maintain”/“support” for someone in an assistant role

What is a softer term for the completion of tasks assigned to a junior/assistant employee that involve administering or managing a system or process? For example, they may be asked to "manage a ...
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What is simple word for “process instance”?

In BPM (business process management) "process" means a definition of process, a model and a specific process (created using that definition) is called "process instance". Eg. "Sending Invoice to ...
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Expression for being “fluent but not necessarily perfect” in a language

How can one neutrally and concisely express that someone is able to converse in a particular language clearly, confidently and more or less in a grammatically-correct fashion? — I need to post ...
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How to approach to business mails when the sender starts becoming a bit informal? [closed]

I am sharing emails repeatedly with a woman who is sharing a prospect for a job with me. It started with "Dear Candidate" Then "Dear (my name)" On the other hand, each time I have been replying to ...
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What is a document called, which records the process of a company giving its staff necessary items to their use for work?

Sorry for slaying the English in the title but I don't know how to be more explanatory. For example John starts working with Microsoft as a programmer, and the company gives him a computer which is ...
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What is a word to accompany horizontal and vertical?

If 'horizontal' follows the horizon, and 'vertical' ascends from the horizon, is there a word for a line from the viewer to the horizon? Otherwise, is there a broadly accepted business term for ...
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Is Nonnumbered a word?

Is nonnumbered a word? My spell check let it slip by, and I can't find out why. Why is it wrong if it is wrong. Is there a conflict with the use of non and ed in the same word.
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Do you capitalize “with” if it's in a company name? [closed]

I am starting a small craft business. I really like the business name I created but I'm wrestling with the capitalization. The name is "(noun) with (noun)." Do I capitalize the "with" or not? I ...
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Meaning of “three points” in the context of salary / equity

Alice: What (how much) are you guys getting? Bob: Three points each. Does "three points" mean three thousand/grand in this context? If yes then I assume it would be per month. update 1: I heard ...
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Is there a name for a place where chains are made?

I know that a factory that makes ropes is a ropery, but neither 'chainery' nor 'chainworks' seem to actually be real (or at least popular) terms for a place that produces chains. I hunted around a bit ...
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Punctuation in salutation and closing in an email

I usually use commas in salutation and closing phrase in emails like this below Dear XXX, Best regards, I also see emails and letter of many people use commas. However,in an English for Work ...
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Under their appropriate definitions, can one “obtain” what they have “created?”

Having a simple discussion with my coworker, I mentioned that I was celebrating my two year anniversary with my girlfriend. She asked me "What are you going to get her?" to which I replied, "Nothing....
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Synonym for “on-the-job” as in this example

I'm looking for synonyms for on-the-job and I couldn't find one that makes sense. As in the example: To be a lab tech, on-the-job experience is required.
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“Covering letter” vs “cover letter”

I am more accustomed to seeing the term "cover letter". But one company I'm looking at now says "covering letter". Is there a difference? (Perhaps British vs American?)
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Is there a clearer alternative to COB when you work for a global company?

The company that I work for is literally global hence it could truly be said is never closed for business, (some sections even function on Christmas Day, either because of regional observances or ...
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Is the term “gotcha moment” familiar? [closed]

The term gotcha is familiar. But what about "gotcha moment"? Could I use it in a formal paper? Edit: English is not my native language, but I heard it multiple times. From what I read in the comments,...
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Is there a word that means “this deal will not involve credit”?

I was buying a car, and the salesman started to talk about credit terms. I responded with "I'm paying cash", meaning that I didn't need any credit. However, the salesman was worried that I was about ...
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What expressions should I use to reply “sorry to be a pain, but …” courteously

Last week, my colleague asked me to help on something, he said, “Sorry to be a pain, I just hoping to get it done shortly”. Actually, it didn’t bother me at all and it is a part of my job. Is there a ...
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Opposite of boondoggle

If a trip meant "for business" that results in a trip "for pleasure" can be characterized as a boondoggle, then is there a word for the converse, where a trip "for pleasure" (eg. vacation) results in ...