There’s no running away from emails. Every single day at the office, you are confronted with words and phrases. Therefore, this means that you also get to encounter several annoying cliché email phrases on a regular basis. Frankly, most of our email communication is mechanical. We simply grab the typical, overused, and banal cliché email phrases and fit them in between our emails.
One of these 6 email clichés is probably embedded within your last email:
1. “Hope this finds you well”
What if I am not? Will that change anything? Will you still pester me with your requests and queries? Do you REALLY hope that I am well? Think about all these questions every time you are tempted to use such cliché email phrases.
Just get on with it, will you? If not, you’d do well to find an original phrase, joke, or even an insult to strike up the conversation. How about, “you are alive, aren’t you? If you are dead, kindly ignore this email. I am writing to request XYZ…”
2. “I’d like to pick your brain”
This is actually a major announcement of someone who is about to utilize your thinking for free. It is one of the most commonly used cliché email phrases for people who would like others to do their thinking for them. It basically says; “please give me your excellent ideas for free and I will go and use them without a shred of attribution or recognition.”
Most of us don’t even know why we use this word in the first. Perhaps it seems like a great idea since everyone is using it. “Sincerely” is right up there with using “honestly” at the beginning of sentences. You probably want to sound like you mean it but for Pete’s sake, don’t use cliché words that sound fake.
4. “You are going to love this”
Marketing emails are awash with these kinds of cliché email phrases. In other contexts, such as wine or food tasting, a prior description almost always ensures that you get the same experience. It is like your brain is primed. However, in the business context, you only come out as an overzealous and probably unscrupulous salesperson. In fact, if it appears at the beginning of the email, our BS detectors are activated and ready to trigger the alarms.
5. “Catching up”
We are all guilty of this one. You don’t really want to ‘catch up,’ you need something, and badly. You are simply writing, for the third time, so as to get a response and possibly get what you need. When people use this phrase, they usually don’t mean “catching up” in the bonding sense of the word. What they mostly mean is “hurry up.”
6. “Happy Monday, Wednesday, or Friday”
Seriously, do we need to remind people what day of the week it is? Have you noticed how the word happy is usually associated with the first few days of the week? There are, of course, stereotypes that Mondays are particularly sad or boring. However, some people can remain upbeat from the beginning of the week to the end.
Did we leave out any other cliché email phrases that drive you up the wall? Sound off in the comments section.