Business E-mail Humor? Language Writing

A Quick, Easy Way to Save Bandwidth and Not Annoy People

As technical writers, we at Shoap Technical Services feel strongly about words. We feel they hold more power when chosen carefully and used with purpose.  We pride ourselves on only writing as much as needed to accurately convey a message, without allowing room for waste.

That’s why we reserve a very special type of hatred for one of those semi-universal annoyances of modern business culture: the e-mail footer disclaimer.  It should come as no surprise, then, that we took great pleasure in reading this Economist article explaining exactly how pointless these are. It all boils down to the fact that most of these disclaimers are unenforceable since they seek to impose contractual obligations in a unilateral way.

So please, please, save your bandwidth and mine.  Kill the disclaimers.

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