One small piece of business-speak grates my ears everytime I hear it. The word is processes. For some reason, supposedly intelligent business people are often reduced to pronouncing this word as if its root was an imaginary Greek word, processis. That is, they pronounce the last syllable of the plural as “EEZ.”
Unfortunately, like aks, nucular, and irregardless, “incorrect” pronunciations are used often enough by educated individuals that they become “accepted” or “acceptable” pronunciations.
This follows the general trends of language and dialect transformation throughout history, so I guess I can’t complain too much. Language is fluid.
* Dictionary.com entry for “process”
* Top 100 most often mispronounced words
* History of the English language
Update: I swear this is just a coincidence. George W. Bush mangled English again today when he used the word disassemble (and defined the word incorrectly) when he meant dissemble (which happened to be Monday’s word of the day at Dictionary.com). Here’s the White House press transcript.
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* Some like it hot, and some don’t. Home prices increased in Florida, California, and the north east, while Canton and Syracuse showed some decline.
* W. Mark Felt is Deep Throat. This is not porn-related. At least, with the mug on this guy, I hope not.
* Hai Tieu, a millionaire teacher in the making. The introductory paragraph in this story was written to me. He’s making his way with a $60,000 salary and by renting out part of his home.
* ClearChannel launches a “pirate” radio station… and asks for donations! Their website was taken down once word got out, but some text is mirrored.
A few weeks ago, we had a good conversation about the merits of an MBA degree. Today, Anne Fischer from Fortune Magazine says it’s a good time to be an MBA.
She claims there’s been a change in hiring patterns. Instead of companies hiring MBAs in advance, companies are picking up new graduates “just in time.” On top of that, graduates are not concerned with the uncertainty. The top concerns of employers looking to hire are ethics training and critical thinking skills, while the top concerns of students are lifestyle and work-life balance.
The bottom line is that while 2004′s hiring numbers were flat, there has been a 51% increase in 2005 hires.
Microsoft‘s [MSFT] amazing climb from its humble beginnings is well-known. Thanks to stock options and other benefits, many early Microsoft employees are millionaires. They’re showing up as successful business owners and philanthropists.
The New York Times article profiles:
* Rich Tong, cofounder of Ignition Parters, a venture capital group.
* John Sage, owner of Pura Vida Coffee.
* Stephanie DeVaan, political activist.
* Chris Peters, owner of the Professional Bowlers Association.