Decoding 8 Common Email Expressions
Passive-aggressive (adjective): being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way. In other words, the very life force of work-related email tone and language.
Though communicating successfully via email does have a certain art to it (keep it short, keep it neutral), there's no denying that when frustrated, we all probably dance around what we really mean to say in order to preserve a level of peaceful civility.
Still, the ubiquity of the doublespeak is entertaining, which is why we found this article from Inc. decoding eight very common email expressions to be pretty key. Read on.
- "I'm just checking in" really means "Where is that thing you promised I'd have by now?"
- "Sorry to bother you again" really means "Why can't you do your job?"
- "Sorry if I somehow missed your email" really means "We both know you never emailed me."
- "Perhaps there was a misunderstanding" really means "You didn't listen to me."
- "If you could get to this in the next couple of days, that would be great" really means "Do this immediately if you know what's good for you."
- "I just want to make sure we are on the same page" really means "I worry you didn't understand my simple instructions and will screw this up."
- "I can't remember if I already asked you to do this" really means "I've asked you four times and you still haven't done it."
- "Let me know if you have any questions" really means "Do not bother me with your stupidity."
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