Watch your language

Posted: February 2, 2011 in General

Maybe I’m just getting old, but lately I’ve noticed a lot of LOL-speak showing up in professional emails.

The most egregious was a “peer” vendor (i.e. we both worked as a vendor for the same client), who on multiple occasions would use “u” for “you” in emails to me. We are not friends and we don’t “hang out”, why would you use language like that in a business email?

I thought perhaps that he was an outlier until I started receiving emails from another peer-vendor who would shorten “let me know” to “lmk”. That doesn’t rub me quite as raw as the “u” shorthand, but it still feels improper to me.

Perhaps it’s just me. I don’t write like that even to personal friends (although perhaps one might be able to find some kind of evidence that I’ve done so in the past), I certainly wouldn’t do it to a business contact.

Seriously, WTF?

  1. April says:

    You should see the way students compose emails. It is unbelievable! I worry for the future.

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