You need to stop using these words in your work emails immediately

By October 23, 2016Current

TL;DR –  How to up your email game.


Email correspondence ain’t the easiest – you can’t always guess if the sender’s angry or just sounds very serious/ official. Also, should we use emoticons or not?

Here are our two cents on the words you should STOP using when emailing at work:

1) Thx, l8r, CU and all the other abbreviations

It’s work so keep it professional.

2) Just wanted to check in

This just screams passive-agressive for “Why are you not replying me?!”

3) Actually

Cause it doesn’t actually mean anything. Like literally.

4) Kind of/ sort of

So is it a yes or no? Make up your mind!

5) Apologising unnecessarily

“Sorry I can’t do Monday, how about Tuesday”? Sounds familiar? But why do you have to apologise for this? Did you do something wrong? If not just “I can’t do Monday, what about Tuesday?” is fine.

6) Your mobile signature

Till today, I still don’t know if “Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any typos” is supposed to be funny or not because I don’t see any humour in it? Also, if you are using this to get away with typos because of sheer laziness, don’t. Don’t send anything you wouldn’t send when you’re typing your email “normally” at your computer.

7) Reply All happily

If the matter doesn’t involve everybody, then just reply the people involved. There’s no need to always reply all for the sake of doing so.

8) Do you have bandwidth?

Unless your correspondence is to your internet service provider, then simply “Do you have time?” will do.

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9) Let’s touch base

Erm, what base are we talking about exactly?

And for the record,

10) 🙂 🙁 😛 and all the other emoticons

No, no and no.

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