Passive aggressive email phrases popularly used

What I mean, isn’t necessarily what’ve written, emails decoded

What you read isn’t always to be taken literally. Here are nine popularly used email phrases decoded that border on passive-aggressive according to a survey conducted by Adobe:-

‘Not sure if you saw my last email’

Maybe you were out gallivanting or on a date, or with family, either way I don’t care, I am more important. Work until you drop dead.

‘Per my last email’

Somehow by me using the word ‘per’ it sounds very litigation like which I hope will drive fear into you.

‘Per our conversation’

I am creating a paper trail in case things go belly up everyone will know it’s your fault, it doesn’t matter if in actual fact it’s mine.

‘Any updates on this?’

I am phrasing this as a question because screaming “I DEMAND IMMEDIATE UPDATES!” makes me look crazy.

‘Sorry for the double email’

I am not sorry. I like sending double emails. In fact tomorrow I may even send you a triple email and I won’t be in the least bit sorry.

‘Please advise’

I am washing my hands of this matter entirely. You handle it. I’m dumping it on you now.

‘As previously stated’

How dare you ignore me? It’s not done. Place high importance on anything I have to say or send even if I myself never look at it or read it.

‘As discussed’

Driving fear home. Discussed to be read as demanded.

‘Reattaching for convenience’

I don’t care how full you inbox is I’m clogging it up further with documents you already have. Cry as much as you like at your desk.



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