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Great Grandfather LIVES!!
In my workshops I always joke about ‘Great Grandfather writing’ and wonder how come so many young people still use so many old-fashioned expressions. I tell people regularly that we should keep our business writing simple (KISS = keep it short and simple) and use everyday language that everyone understands.
The reason for this was brought home to me recently when a friend sent me this email that he had received from his accountants:
What a load of gobbledegook and long-winded jargon! I knew people were still writing in an old-fashioned way, but it seems some people take this a little further than most – and this message just proves it!
In 21st Century business language, this message should read:
NB: “even date” was Great Grandfather’s term for ‘today’. When I was a secretary in 1973, my old Chairman used to use “ult” for last month and something else that I can’t remember for next month (if anyone can recall, please write and let me know).
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Shirley is an international bestselling author. She has established herself as a leading authority in email and business writing skills. Her international bestseller Model Business Letters, Emails & Other Business Documents 7th edition sold over half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 17 languages. Her book Email Essentials reached #2 in the USA for publishers Marshall Cavendish International. Find out more about Shirley at shirleytaylor.com.