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Thursday, July 12

Dear World

The names have been changed:

To: Everyone in the office
From: Mona

Hi All,

Sorry for the wide alias but has anyone got a package for myself or Billy Corkhill sitting on there desk?

It is urgent so if you have got it,can you please respond ASAP to me

Thanks

Kind Regards

Mona


There's a rule. If you're going to send a message to everyone, everyone will read it. If it contains errors or stupidities, these will be multiplied by the number of people who notice them in order to make you look more stupid and erroneous. It's worth doing a quick proof read before hitting send. Here's what went through my brain:

To: Everyone in the office
From: Mona
Who?

Hi All,

Sorry for the wide alias but has anyone got a package for myself or Billy Corkhill
sitting on there desk?

What's a "wide alias"? Are they catching? Why use "myself" instead of "me"? What's with the word "there" when you mean "their"? Why send a message to everyone and then phrase it in the third person? So many questions...

It is urgent so if you have got it,can you please respond ASAP to me

As opposed to responding to whom? Someone totally unrelated? What's with the lack of language in this email? Punctuation, phrasing, correct usage of words? Everyone includes a lot of people who are busy and just need to know what you're getting at. Everyone also includes a lot of people who don't speak English as a first language and, therefore, it might help if you wrote in a succinct version of English that they might have a chance of getting.

Thanks

Kind Regards

Thanks and kind regards. Well, I suppose that makes it as polite as it is isn't accurate.

Mona


Still, it was a nice distraction from the daily grind.

2 Comments:

Blogger Gaz Liddon said...

Wouldn't that be succinct as opposed to "succint" ;)

12:22 PM  
Blogger Ashley Frieze said...

Damn my hypocrisy! ;)

Still, blog posts can be edited.

12:26 PM  

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