Dear Dummies, "Learnings" Is Not a Word

In the end, the tech industry's most egregious imposition on society may not be ruthlessness of its founders or the hubris its financiers, but rather its corruption of the English language. For evidence of this, just Google "startup learnings" and weep.

Here is Merriam Webster's entry for learning. Notice how there is no plural option? And yet, this is what the search results show:

Dear Dummies, "Learnings" Is Not a Word

It's become so commonplace that the president of Vice Media thought it was an acceptable thing to say to the New York Times!

"We take our learnings as a media company and offer them to brands which are now trying to work like media companies," said Andrew Creighton, the president of Vice Media. "It gives us an extra resource."

If you feel compelled to call whatever workplace wisdom you've picked up "learnings," perhaps you didn't learn a damn thing.

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