Office workers reveal the email phrases they hate the most


Office workers reveal the email phrases they can’t stand — from “happy hump day” and “just check in” to sending kisses as a sign out

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Office workers have revealed the key email terms that terrify them, including being called “darling,” using emoji, and unsubscribing with kisses.

The common complaints were revealed online by office workers who were fed up with unprofessional emails reaching their inboxes.

In a thread, workers agreed that “hey lady,” “hey sweetie,” and “happy hump day” were the most annoying greetings.

Office workers have revealed the top email terms terrifying them – including being called ‘darling’, emoji use, and unsubscribing with kisses

This was supported by a recent article on the stay home mom parenting website where people agreed that using someone’s name is the only way to start a professional email.

“Any email that starts with ‘Hello Dear’ makes me want to smash the computer in the nads,” said one woman.

Others said it was a huge turn off to hit the send button without checking the spelling of the recipient’s name.

The next annoyances were on topic, with everything including “just touch the base, circle back and take this to the top of your inbox” among the most hated.


Australian career expert Sue Ellson told FEMAIL it’s best to keep emails concise, make sure the font is one size, and avoid using abbreviations to generate a quick response from the recipient.

For the opening sentence:

  • Choose a relevant topic title
  • Always address the person if you know the name
  • Introduce yourself if needed

For the body of the email:

  • Keep sentences short and be concise
  • Do not indent paragraphs
  • Make paragraphs no longer than two sentences
  • Make sure the text is one size and the same color
  • Avoid using exclamation marks
  • Don’t use abbreviations for full words
  • Avoid including the default ‘Sent from iPhone’ when using your phone
  • Avoid adding too many files

For the unsubscribe:

  • Choose an appropriate opt-out based on your relationship with the recipient
  • For example, “Cheers” can be used on an informal basis between colleagues, but “Sincerely” should be used if you don’t know the recipient’s name.
  • Make sure the unsubscribe is short

“Sorry to be annoying, but” and “Let me see if you need anything from me?” are the two I hate the most that a woman has added to the thread.

Passive-aggressive jargon was also on the list of annoyances.

‘To put it more simply…’ (that means you are seriously SO stupid!) and ‘not sure if you got my last email’ (how long do you think you can ignore me?),’ are two others according to the stay at home mom page.

Finishing an email with familiar greetings like “thanks mate,” the use of xs and emojis were also on the employees’ most hated lists.

Common email cliches and what to say instead:

‘According to my last email’ – ‘Apologies if you missed the previous email. Could you please let me know…’

‘Just check in’ – ‘This is an urgent matter now and if you can’t finish it before xx, please let me know immediately’

‘Sorry for lack of clarity’ – ‘I understand that my original email may have been confusing. Do you want me to call you? Or could you let me know what additional information you need? Thanks in advance.’

‘Regards’ – ‘Sincerely’, ‘Kindly’ or ‘Thank you’

‘Thanks in advance’ – ‘Thank you’