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I Don’t Have Proper Email Etiquette?

First of all, etiquette is a word I always struggle to spell.

Now that that’s out of the way, I can finally get a few things off my chest.

I’ve sent my fair share of emails in the nineteen years I’ve been alive. And no one has ever complained about my email etiquette. Until today.

If you know nothing else about me, know this: I dislike wasting my own time, and I dislike wasting other people’s time even more. OK, that’s not entirely true. You get what I mean though. I hate wasting time. I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy.

Since I’m a writer and blogger, I like to think I’m concise. At least I try to be as much as possible. But I guess I also run the risk of seeming rude.

I finally crossed the line into terse territory by sending an email to my TA without enough “description” to his liking. So he proceeded to tell me what isn’t “a proper etiquette” and what is. His words, not mine.

Maybe I should teach him a thing or two about you know what.

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Have Proper Email Etiquette?

  1. I have trouble spelling that word as well. And I hate it when people complain about emails… They’re lucky we “dont type lik thiz.” I remember my Basic Writing professor spent an entire class talking about the importance of writing a good email and editing it before sending it and such. That was started because he was finishing an email before class started so he was a few minutes late. Then the class turned into a, “I spend 15 minutes on each and ever email I write and here’s why…”

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    1. It’s a weird word. Right? At least I used proper spelling and grammar. I included a subject line and got to the point. What more do you want from me? I’ve also sent a lot of emails that didn’t have nearly as proper etiquette. Oh, that must have been so much fun. I really don’t think people have the time to spend 15 minutes on every single email, especially if they send a lot of emails. There goes half your day. 😛

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