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nja From: nja Date: June 9th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I have an occasionally outrageously obnoxious colleague who once ticked me off for not writing emails of the form "Dear X, blah blah blah, kindest regards from your most obedient servant Andrew", rather than my usual style of assuming that the recipient knows who they are and who I am and just writing "blah blah blah" with an automatic three-line sig at the bottom. A generational thing I think - I've always considered email to be an informal way of sending messages to people you already know (because when I started using it, your mates in the lab were about the only people you ever sent email to), he's a bit younger (and considerably more conservative than me) and thinks of it more like writing a letter.

I also have a senior colleague WHO --- writes email LIKE THIS. I think he's dyslexic but I don't THINK that explains the RANDOM --- CAPITALISED words --- and DASHES. He has improved slightly, perhaps because people tend to look at him in meetings when discussing the awful way students compose email.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 9th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely vary my email style depending on the recipient...

* With email to people I don't know I will usually at least sign on / sign off ("Dear X or "Hi X" at the beginning, some kind of "Yours/Thanks/Regards" at the end).

* Email to colleagues tends to be much less formally structured (but may still be formal in tone if they're senior to me -- just doesn't need all the "Dear X" apparatus).

* Email to friends reads like far-too-accurately transcribed speech... :-}

I rather like your senior colleague's style. Looks like something from an 18th century novel. :)
nja From: nja Date: June 9th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
To WAPPING to meet my Esteemed Friend Sir M----- W------ whereupon we visited the THEATRE and thence to a TAVERN in the company of a Pair of SAUCY WHORES. I did then REFER the STUDENTS to the Faculty Board ---- for MISCONDUCT.

I am second marking the first year numerical analysis scripts this afternoon. Actually I am not at this precise moment, but I should be.
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