Thursday, June 19, 2014

Netiquette - Core Words to Avoid in Business or Employment Emails

Childish words to never use in a business or employment email

        I have often written, in both my first book, "Netiquette IQ A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email", and my blog about simplicity in writing. When sending to someone whose primary language in not English, I have suggested that you write the equivalent of emails to a teenager.

        As simple as this sounds do not carry this process too far!  The following words or categories can ruin any business email even a foreign one.  Here is a list:

1.           Cool

2.           Super

3.           My bad

4.           No worries

5.           Awesome

6.           Nitpick

7.           Feels

8.           Stupid

9.           Most slang

10.        Most clichés

11.        Gross

12.        Weird

13.        Silly

14.        Dumb

15.        Lucky

16.        Pick

17.        Psyched

18.        No problem

19.        Any emotion

20.        Contractions

21.        Hot
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