When you have a job in corporate America, communicating displeasure with your colleagues isn’t so simple. Because being straightforward could lead to hurt feelings or awkward interactions, many adopt special phrases in email to indirectly voice anger or annoyance.
Delia Paunescu, a freelance culture writer who has worked for New York Magazine, The New York Post and Now This, started a Twitter thread last week that unveiled the most hilarious examples of such expressions and their actual meanings. Delia, who goes by the username @delia_p, told her followers she recently became “obsessed with all the insane corporate ways we say normal things to each other,” and after sharing her fave “professional pleasantry,” invited the Twitterverse to do the same.
See below for some standouts. You might want to take notes, in case you need to use any this week!