Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Ever notice how the word "Thanks" has multiple meanings, depending on the punctuation? For instance, put an exclamation point behind it and it's totally sincere: "Thanks!" Put a comma behind it as you sign off an email, and it's a substitute for a polite farewell or, in some cases, an unwritten expectation that you will be doing whatever was requested in the email. "Could you please send that list over by 2? Thanks, D."

Put a period behind it? Now, "Thanks" just got nasty. "I already sent that list over and your manager has a copy. If you need additional info, let me know. Thanks." Is it just me, or did that "Thanks" suddenly become "Fuck off"? They're interchangeable in the message, I think.

Just wondering.

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