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

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Actionable insights

In business, some people like to use the term "actionable insight" to mean something like new information that can you do something with. Is there a common word or phrase outside of business English ...
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getting used to my new job [closed]

Are there good phrases to sound like a native speaker when you want to say you are getting used to your new job? A: How's your new job? B: _________________
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Super Duper -usage and nuance

I'd like to know how to use the idiom: Super Duper. It seems to be a slang which means great or marvelous. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/superduper But, one of my colleagues sometimes says "I'm ...
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Can I define our company's business as sell furnishings if we do not sell furniture?

Our company produces and sells rugs, throw pillows, decorative objects, cushions, lamps, wall decor products, curtains, candle holders and generally everything else which is decorative for the house, ...
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What is the English term for someone who just intend to create a company? [closed]

I'm trying to find the right translation of "Porteur de projet", which means in French someone who wants to create a company/business. So he is not yet an entrepreneur, but just going to be one when ...
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How to describe the “waiting time” as someone else has yet to finish the dependent task?

I cannot start my next task until the other person completes his task. I need a good word to publish this to senior management.
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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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Nuance of accordingly and request for its equivalent phrase

I'll arrange the schedule accordingly. The situation is I was asked to arrange a schedule to welcome a guest to our office from a US branch and I just got his preferred date and time to visit. I was ...
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What is your position in the company? [closed]

When someone sent you an email without signature, how to ask - in a polite way - which is the person's position in the company ?
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Word for separating into silos?

In a business context, a silo is a department or task force that works on a specific project or area of the business independently (often with minimal if any contact) from other silos. I have a list ...
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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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When to use “We” versus “I” in a professional email?

I'm trying to explain to a coworker when I use "We" versus "I" in my work emails going outside of the organization, but I don't know myself. For example, Hello, This morning we were unable to ...
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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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Euphemism for diarrhea

I've recently been having diarrhea and may be calling in sick to work tomorrow. I work at a small company, so typically this involves emailing my manager and team with something like this: Hi team,...
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A boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality [closed]

What word would describe, "a boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality"? He consistently defers to a lighter topic, or flat-out avoids contact.
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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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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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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 in ...
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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 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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Can “keep up the good work” be used for praising a co-worker? [closed]

Is "keep up the good work" a polite thing to say to your co-workers? I'm under impression that only someone from higher position has the privilege to say this. When replying the emails to a co-worker,...
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Expression to describe the curse of being at higher positions in a workplace

Rising up the corporate ladder is good, it comes with increased salary, reputation and other good things but there are also certain curses associated with such a change. For one thing, your friends ...
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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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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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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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 You’...
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How to say someone out of office in short time on phone call?

I usually pick a phone that addresses to my collogues who is not in the office for 5 or 10 mins. They probably go to the other departments and will come back soon. I usually tell that "He is out of ...
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What is a work-appropriate “small” object for a joke? [closed]

Trying to think of a way to make this joke work-appropriate. "If we store GPS coordinates to a precision of 10 decimal points, we could even measure the size of your [expletive deleted]." What is ...
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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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What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?

Companies provide a room which has tables and chairs. In some companies, the room may have other things such as refrigerators and microwaves. I have been calling this place pantry, but I noticed that ...
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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? Apprentices ...
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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 clearer. ...
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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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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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Dream company or dream work place?

How can I call companies that I would really like to work in (and let's say no matter how badly people are talking about them)? 'List of my dream companies' or 'List of my dream work places'? Or ...
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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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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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What is an “IT” person called who isn't a manager? [closed]

What is an "IT" person called who isn't a manager? An information technologist? I'm writing short biographical articles and beginning each with a summary of their work history. E.g. Sam Jones: ...
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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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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Word for a team from company 'A' working for company 'B ' at B's workplace? what this process can be called? [closed]

I think we can call it 'remote team' but is there any other more formal word for team and the process?
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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: ...