Emails can get you into trouble - page 2

Did you know that there is such a thing as email etiquette - for Work? I don't know about you, but I have tripped into many pitfalls with my emails! Emails can have a tone, attitude, rudeness,... Read More

  1. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from GrnTea
    Advice/advise (Advice is a noun, advise is a verb)Singular/plural mismatch; "they" as a singular ("You can tell your patient has heart failure if they are ..." FAIL)Inappropriate Capitals for Everything ("I saw the Physical Therapist at my Dentist's office." FAIL)Inappropriate possessives for plurals ("I bought four apple's." FAIL)They're/there/theirInappropriate use of quotation marks ("Do you know how I should contact the "board" to ask about my license?" FAIL)Bizarre punctuation...or none at all, in long run-on sentences that never come to the point. "My sister says that she likes mashed potatoes we have creamed spinach for Thanksgiving they're my favorite." Huh?"U" for "you"Oh, you shouldn't have gotten me started on that.... Yes, written communication is important no matter what its medium. (Oh, and that's the singular of media. A newspaper is not media, a film is not media, television is not media. Each is a medium.)
    You'd probably like the book 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' by Lynne Truss.
  2. by   amygarside
    Thank you for your advise, I completely agree that what you have written in the heat of the moment can be used against you. This is really helpful.
  3. by   brandy1017
    Timely article given the news about the Petraeus affair and how emails exposed the affair and more people are now caught in this web as it unravels! An email is permanent, even when you delete it, it still remains on the computer. It can even be used in a legal proceeding!
  4. by   lilarox
    The comments referencing the younger generation of people using incorrect grammar instinctively cause me to feel defensive. However, I am 35, so perhaps I am not as young as my inner self likes to believe. Regardless, the usage of incorrect grammar, spelling errors, text speak, and many other mistakes drive me crazy. I tend to go overboard since I even edit my informal texts to avoid sounding uneducated. I must admit that I am terrible when it comes to spelling but there are no excuses for sending any communication with incorrectly spelled words since most programs have spell check features. What do people think the red lines are under the words are for? It takes five seconds to fix spelling errors, and these days most programs have grammar editing features too. So I guess I'm old or an exception to the rule.
  5. by   lilarox
    Quote from amygarside
    Thank you for your advise, I completely agree that what you have written in the heat of the moment can be used against you. This is really helpful.
    Just Saying.........
  6. by   madwife2002
    Actually I had no clue who Patraeus is, I had to look him up-LOL

    My article came about because co-workers and myself have been getting in hot water with our emails
    Quote from MunoRN
    From the title of the thread I assumed this was about Patraeus.
  7. by   Hygiene Queen
    I have seen some rather foolish foolish things put into emails.

    One of the dumbest were the two employees, of a small family business, that were having a little whoopie on the side. The woman was the wife of the owner and the man was the brother of the owner. Both were much too far into their fantasy world to stop and think about the very fact that the owner had access to all email.
    Yes, they were stupid enough to use the in-house email.
    The owner called my hubby (a detective) and (with much restraint on the husband's part) just let the those two ding-dongs digs themselves in deeper and deeper. So, thanks to foolish emails, the wife ended up with a GPS tracker on her car and I spent my day off watching them hook up for a tryst in a park. Oh, boy! We got some nice pictures, too.
    We were astounded by how stupid they were. They even expressed concerns as to whether of not "Joe" was catching on... but they never wavered from their mode of in-house email communication. Why? Oh, because Joe was "stupid", see.

    But my favorite stupid email story is one of when I suspected my ex-husband of reading my email.
    Any suspicion that he was into my account was mere suspicion no more... when he accidentally emailed me from my own account!
    The stupid jerk must've been in the midst of snooping through my email, when he realized he needed to communicate with me. He must have forgotten he was in my account, addressed an email to me and voila! Instant busted and disgusted...
    I never made such a thoroughly enjoyable phone call as that day, when I got to tell him what he had done.

    Don't let your emails be efails, folks.
    Cheers !
  8. by   Esme12
    You know what.......I had a job once that I got "talked to" because I shouted all the time in my emails and it was aggressive and un-professional. I remember thinking WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???? Computers were new(ish) and the hospital used meditech, exclusively for all communications...we didn't have "hospital intra-net" Meditech is an all capital system so I had the caps lock on.....I remember thinking...... what in heavens name is she talking about?????? I finally stopped her as she was reading me the riot act about professionalism and I said.....I'll be happy to take the caps lock off it is not what you here but what does a cap lock have to do with professionalism.

    Her return comment was...."I though you came with experience".....with disdain in her voice. That was the day I KNEW nursing was going to change forever and it made me sad.

    I agree I think that "computer etiquette" need to be taught.....just like back in the day we were taught about writing formal and informal letters and how to use proper from/etiquette/letter head and greetings. As far as what I put out's the rule I used as a teenager and why I NEVER kept a diary....NEVER put incriminating evidence in writing.

    GrTea.....guilty: Singular/plural mismatch; "they" as a singular ("You can tell your patient has heart failure if they are ..." FAIL)
  9. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    You'd probably like the book 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' by Lynne Truss.
    I do, and I also heartily recommend the Grammar Girl oeuvre ( , both podcasts and emails. Her tricks to remember the difference between oft-confused words and terms are priceless. She's a hoot, and I give away her books as door prizes when I present on writing.
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from amygarside
    Thank you for your advise*,+ I completely agree that what you have written in the heat of the moment can be used against you. This is really helpful.

    As you say.

    * advice
    + Period, new sentence.

    I am in SO much agreement with this article. AN is the first forum I ever really participated in since I am always misinterpreted because the tone in my head as I type usually does not translate to the reader. I'm very often mistaken for being cold and in my messages, yet at the time of type I am actually trying to convey what I am hoping is taken as a friendly comment.
  12. by   anotherone
    Don't write anything, don't say anything or even think anything that can be used against you. I rarely send e-mails. If I e-mail someone from work, I always type it up as formal as a letter.
  13. by   K+MgSO4
    I remember learning about formal and informal letters at school. I am 28 and yet when I write an email to my DDON and she responds with text speak and smileys. It annoys me as I only contact her rarely. We do not have a relationship that means she can send me a line of text speak as a reply.

    On the same vein, is it wrong that I do not repsond to real estate agents who do not use proper grammar? I know I could miss a great house but it annoys me no end!