Merriam-Webster Dictionary Business Words of the Year: 1939-1948

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Goizueta Business School, the business librarians thought it might be fun to explore the evolution of business terminology between 1919 and 2019. So each month we will post a blog identifying business words and concepts that were captured in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for the decades that GBS has been in operation. Here is our third entry, business-speak from 1939-1948!

1939 antipersonnel / bailout / for-profit / impactful / subeconomy / trouser suit

1940 assigned risk / groundbreaker / nonbanking / underinvestment / withholding tax

1941 conference call / game plan / middle management / task force / top-down / update

1942 cost-benefit / equity capital / interfacing / storyboard / superachiever

1943 back burner / proportional tax / seed money / severance pay / venture capital /   work stoppage

1944 after-tax / cutthroat contract / debrief / economy of scale / mandated / zero-sum 

1945 disinvest / job-hopping / nontarget / profit system / work ethic

1946 buzzword / megabuck / promo

1947 fair-trade 

1948 assistantship / defund / under-the-table