Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jokes in e-mail

When to tell a joke in an email?  The chances are, you should not. As much as we think of email as an informal way of communicating, you should assume that everything you write will be read by people other than those you have addressed, possibly including human resources personnel or lawyers.  It is better to be ‘short and sweet,’ and save the jokes for later.

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1 comment:

  1. I quite agree. If it's a business email, leave any jokes, puns and smiley faces by the wayside. What's more, your readers' first language might not be English and jokes rarely translate perfectly.

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