- Sent an email
- They replied & called me "Mautice"
- I reply with a stink about how my name is properly spelled and that it's actually really important to me
- They told me to check my 1st email
- I had misspelled my own name
While correcting the recipient only to find out that you were the reason for the mistake in the first place is mortifying, it seems that Maurice was not alone with his email gaffe.
Another Twitter user replied to the thread explaining that when she worked for an audio/video production company, she had to reach out to a service technician “to report a ‘pooping’ sound coming out of some speakers they installed”.
While ‘popping’ was clearly the word she was looking for, it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.
Oh I had a similar experience in my first job. I'd sent an important email to a group. My manager Mary wrote me a grumpy email explaining how imperative spell checking was and how I'd embarrassed myself and her with my two spelling errors. She signed off with "Mart".— E L Friesen (@elfriesen) January 28, 2020
Colleagues may be forgiving if they receive a poorly worded email, or one littered with mistakes, though some clients may not be so lenient.
@paulmwatson recalled the most embarrassing email he had ever sent at work. He wrote: “[It] was reply-all to a client saying '[the client] is in a bit of a huff'", which is never a good look in the professional world. But this wasn't the only employee to feel a bit red faced after emailing a client.
I am turning inside out rn— Sneebs (@Lulzaroo) January 28, 2020
I once had used the word “Huh” in an email, and apparently it was so unprofessional it warranted the recipient to call me up and shout at me. He was the client relationship manager.
So, the key takeaway for employees is to proof-read emails carefully before sending them. While in many cases the mistakes can be harmless, emails have been known to get people into a spot of bother in the past.
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