A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 26, 2014
“Accounting is the language of business”

Accounting has frequently been called “the language of business.” “The language of business is figures” was cited in print in 1927. “Accounting is the language of business” was cited in 1947. “Accounting—the Language of Business” was a 1953 film produced by the American Institute of Accountants.

Accounting: The Language of Business (1974), by Sidney Davidson, James S. Schindler and Roman L. Weil, is a textbook that went through seven editions through 1987.


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May 1927, Popular Mechanics, pg. 11 ad:
The language of business is figures. Do you know the language?
(International Accountants Society, Inc.—ed.)

13 June 1947, Olean (NY) Times Herald, “Colossal New Deal Waste” by Cecil B. Dickson, pg. 20, col. 2:
“After all, accounting is the language of business and these agencies are business agencies; government is business, the biggest and most important business in the world.”
(T. Coleman Andrews, director of the corporations’ audit division of the General Accounting Office.—ed.)

22 August 1948, Canton (OH) Repository, “Accountants Reign Over Mountains of Figures,” pg. 52, col. 3:
For figures are the language of business and industry—answering thousands of questions about operations.

17 June 1949, Greensboro (NC) Record, “Role Accountants Play In Business Described,” pg. B1, col. 7:
“Accounting is the language of business,” said he. “The certified public accountant is the man who must interpret business to the public, giving him a better understanding of the American business system and how it works. If the C.P.A. does that job he will have performed the perfect public relations service.”
(Charles E. Noyes, director of public information for the American Institute of Accountants.—ed.)

29 June 1949, Berkeley (CA) Daily Gazette, “‘Economic Illiteracy’ Hit at Stanford CPA Conference,” pg. 20, cols. 4-5:
“Accounting—the language of business is the only common denominator available to solve the conflicting interests of capital, labor, management and the public.”
(Maurice H. Stans of Chicago, IL.—ed.)

18 May 1951, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “Accounting Setup for Public Urged,” pg. 14, col. 8:
Favalora asserted that accounting, as the language of business, is subject to clarification, and he expressed the belief that the profession should have a new set of techniques in place of a mere maintenance of records.
(John L. Favalora, director of the National Association of Cost Accountants.—ed.)

18 June 1952, Springfield (MA) Union, pg. 28, col. 3:
Expert Calls Accounting
‘Language of Business

(...)
“Accountancy is the language of business,” he asserted.
(Theodore F. Woodward, a Springfield accountant, at a Westfield Rotary Club meeting.—ed.)

1 December 1953, Boston (MA) Traveler, “Accountants Forums Tomorrow,” pg. 23, cols. 2-3:
A film “Accounting—the Language of Business,” sponsored by the American Institute of Accountants, to acquaint young men and women with the opportunities offered in a career in public accounting also will be presented.

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July 1958, Popular Mechanics, pg. 30, col. 2:
Accounting is the systematic language of business which graphically portrays the total efforts of people and the activities of a business enterprise in terms of cost, profit or loss.

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October 1964, The Rotarian, pg. 11, col. 1 ad:
Accounting is the language of business. Every business must use it. Accountants do well because there is not enough of them to meet the demand.
(International Accountants Society, Inc.—ed.)

OCLC WorldCat record
Accounting for managers: the non-accountant’s guide to the language of business,
Author: David C D Rogers
Publisher: London (17 Buckingham Gate, S.W.1), Associated Business Programmes, 1971.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Finance and accounting for nonfinancial managers.
Publisher: New York : AMACOM, 1973.
Edition/Format: Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : English
Contents: 1A. Accounting : the language of business and finance

OCLC WorldCat record
Accounting : the language of business
Author: Sidney Davidson; James S Schindler; Roman L Weil
Publisher: Glen Ridge, N.J. : T. Horton Pub. Co. [1974]
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Accounting as the international language of business
Author: Dieter H Weiss
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1976.
Edition/Format: Book : English

Posted by Barry Popik
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