Word use

Businessperson is sometimes used in place of the words businessman or businesswoman to avoid sexism and to avoid unnecessarily perpetuating stereotypes if used generically.cite web | author=Random House | year=2005 | title=Sensitive Language | url= | work= [ Random House, Inc.] | accessdate=11 December | accessyear=2006] cite web | author=Malaspina University-College | year=2005 | title=Communications & Public Relations | url= | work= [ Malaspina University-College Communications & Public Relations] | accessdate=7 January | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=University of Windsor | year=1993 | title=University of Windsor - Employment Equity - Language Equity Guide | url= | work= [ University of Windsor Employment Equity Office] | accessdate=7 January | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=Northeastern University | year=2007 | title=Messaging Standards > Editorial Style Guide | url= | work= [ Northeastern University] | accessdate=7 January | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=Capilano College | year=2006 | title=Capilano College Style Guide | url=
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The terms "businessman" or "businesswoman" are sometimes used for gender specificity.cite web | author=University of Windsor | year=2003 | title=Style Manual for Lafayette College | url=| work= [ Lafayette College, Office of Public Information] | accessdate=7 January | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=The American Heritage Book of English Usage | year=1996 | title= 23. -man compounds. 5. Gender. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996 | url=| work= [] | accessdate=7 January | accessyear=2007] However, the term "businessperson", with the "-person" suffix, is noted to be more commonly used today than in the past (when it was never used).cite web | author=Random House, Inc. | year=2006 | title=-person | url= | work= [ Unabridged (v 1.1).] | accessdate=29 May | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=Random House, Inc. | year=2006 | title=-man | url= | work= [ Unabridged (v 1.1).] | accessdate=29 May | accessyear=2007] cite web | author=Random House, Inc. | year=2006 | title=-woman | url= | work= [ Unabridged (v 1.1).] | accessdate=29 May | accessyear=2007]

Dress code

:" Further information: Social aspects of clothing and Business attire

Male businesspeople typically wear standard business attire consisting of a suit with collar shirt and necktie. However, this may vary among companies and often depends on local business culture. In some countries, especially in Western countries like the U.S., business casual is appropriate for businessmen to wear and neckties can be left out. In several other countries, however, notably many East Asian countries, businessmen are more formally dressed and wear conservative suits with a necktie.

Female businesspeople's apparel has gone over many changes. Dresses and suits are in the norm today.

ee also

*Business magnate
*List of corporate leaders
*Gender-neutral language


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