[Ads-l] Learnings

David K. Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Sun Sep 3 16:52:50 UTC 2017

Try the quotations in eOED under _learning_, n.

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On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> https://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2017/08/25/is-our-retailers-learnings/
> "As the crisis in U.S. retail rolls on, companies are going to great 
> lengths to show investors they are doing something to avert disaster
> <https://www.wsj.com/articles/abercrombie-loses-its-last-
> best-hope-1499705763>.
> They are even making up words.
> Retail executives from at least 14 companies have used the word 
> =E2=80=9C=
> during their second-quarter conference calls to emphasize their 
> efforts t=
> turn their businesses around. The plural usage of the word is nowhere 
> to =
> found in Merriam-Webster.

Maybe not in the Collegiate, but the pluralizable count noun "learning" is
treated in the Unabridged.

1b (1) :  something that is learned or taught <increasing the practical
value of the learnings =E2=80=94 H. R. Douglass> <the film does provide
learnings =E2=80=94 Catherine M. Adler> specifically :  a subject that is
taught in school <emphasize the mastery of essential learnings =E2=80=94 M.
B. Smith>


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