Walmart yesterday said that it is changing its legal, corporate name and longer will be called “Wal-Mart Stores.” Instead, it will go by the simpler, dash-less name that already appears both over its stores and on its website: Walmart.

CNBC writes that “Walmart's formal legal name when it incorporated in 1969 was Wal-Mart, Inc. It changed its name to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1970 and kept that name in place until now.”

The reason for the change is simple - Walmart no longer does business just in stores. “The name change comes as Walmart been investing in its digital initiatives,” CNBC writes, “propelled by its acquisition of Amazon competitor last year. Through Jet, Walmart has been building a coterie of online brands, which now includes Modcloth and Bonobos.”

CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement, “While our legal name is used in a limited number of places, we felt it was best to have a name that was consistent with the idea that you can shop us however you like as a customer.”

KC's View: I’m glad they caught up with me. I’ve been calling the company “Walmart” for years.

In some ways, this is a a minor change … but it reflects a major cultural shift, as Walmart continues to embrace internal disruption. Words matter, because “if you get the right ones in the right order,” as Tom Stoppard wrote in The Real Thing, you might nudge the world a little…”

Stoppard, one of our great modern playwrights, certainly wasn’t thinking about Walmart when he wrote those words. But the change by Walmart made me think of them …