(Closed) Most overused word in work emails today is…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not a phrase but our VP over use’s quotations. The “woman” has like two master’s degree’s and a “long career” behind her yet she can’t use “quotes” in the proper” way”.

And yes I totally just quoted that sentence the way she would.


Post # 4
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I get the same thing – CONSTANTLY.

My eye twitches particularly violently when it’s spelled “please advice.”

Post # 5
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Completely agree, where I work it’s “advise.”

Post # 6
4438 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@donna_saur:  My boss things that “re:” meaning regarding is actually typed and pronounced “ray”

Once she emailed me please set up a file for lastname, first name ray vixon properties. 

So I set it up lastname, firstname re: Ray Vixon Properties and she looked at me and said “Ray?! You know, as in regarding!!”


Anyone ever heard of this before?!?

Post # 8
2684 posts
Sugar bee

I’m with you on “please advise” – there was a thread a while ago about ordinary things that you hate and I went on a rant about this phrase.  It’s such an unnecessary phrase to me.  I have a repeat offender customer who never ever reads the responses I send to them and keeps responding back with the same questions followed by “please advise”.  Drives me nuts.  

I work in a building full of start-up companies and it seems like they all have started replacing the word “market” with “space”.  Like “We would like to enter the mobile space with this new product.” or “We want to be the top company in this space next year”.  I don’t get it.

Post # 9
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Mine today is discrepency. Actually, that’s what it it most days. I’m always fixing peoples mistakes.

Post # 11
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Haha I work at a hotel so “I sincerely apologize” is one that happens pretty frequently.

Post # 12
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mchitt329:  pretty sure that’s how it is pronounced, but definitely not how it’s spelled!

Post # 13
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

UGH my workplace overuses the word “offline” TOTALLY IMPROPERLY.

We’ll be in a meeting and someone will say “well we’ll talk about that offline” – YOU’RE NOT ONLINE YOU’RE IN A FACE TO FACE MEETING!  Sorry.  This one drives me NUTS.

“Offline” does not mean “after the meeting”.  Just say “after this meeting”…or even…”later”!

Post # 14
452 posts
Helper bee

@donna_saur:  Guilty as charged.

BUT, I only use “please advise” when I’m being passive-aggressive. Someone has not given me the answer I need (and they’re usually taking their sweet time.. ahem… lawyers!) so I’ll throw this phrase around when I’m annoyed and want a response. 

Post # 15
6291 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

A previous manager of mine used to use the phrase ‘going forward’ all. the. time.

‘Going forward we need to focus on our customer service.’

‘Going forward we need to work better as a team.’

‘Going forward we need to try to cut costs where possible.’

ARGH! It drove me insane! She even used to write it in the staff newsletter, it made me want to hit someone. Hard…

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