I think I’m going to try to start a movement that punctuation speaks louder than words. So many possibilities…
You didn’t even mitigate your demands with a smiley face. Harsh. Harsh indeed!
its very true.
i’ve had to coach my partner to put an ‘x’ at the end of blunt sounding texts to soften it up.
Personally, I think the fact that you didn’t capitalize “sirs” speaks volumes.
My smile for the day. I totally shared it.
Liking this very much. Just taught a class on assertive communication and wish I’d seen this before class. Would have used it for class discussions (exclamation point)
I thought it was pretty harsh when I read that! I guess I’m with you :). Especially that ‘Dear sirs DOT’ just nailed it.
There are many who would support your movement.
Count me in!
Awww, my comment couldn’t be posted it said. 😦 I don’t even remember what I wrote, but — yay! I completely agree that punctuation speaks louder than words. The period after “Thank you” was like a punch in the gut. You are fierce! 🙂
This is so funny… I used to joke with my friend at work that whenever I was writing a work email and I was angry about something, I’d just sign off “Thanks” instead of “Thanks!” because I always, always use exclamation marks… and assume that somehow people can understand that me not using one means my tone is pissed off. A “thanks” without exclamation marks seems totally harsh to me for some reason!
Exactly! Whenever I’m annoyed with my husband for something I say “I love you” without an exclamation mark and he’s like “Uh oh, what did I do?” I always feel bad for it later though.
Funny. I love this particularly as I am an English teacher. Punctuation speaks loudly!
I had a coworker who wrote all her emails in all caps with red font. No matter what she was saying, it seemed like she was a raving lunatic. Punctuation matters. Or perhaps: Punctuation matters!
When I first started working with people who used Blackberries I just always thought they were mad at me because of their curt emails with little to no punctuation. Then I realized they just weren’t very good at typing on it, haha.
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Punctuation is everything…at least in English. I recently had a Japanese colleague ask if we could take the commas out of a list of numbers like this: 1, 2, 3, 4… She said it looked “noisy”. I said, “No. Absolutely not. Don’t even think about it.”
Note the absence of exclamation points.
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