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Corporate speak is getting merciless mocked on Twitter

Just checking in again.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Oct 12, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:31 pm CDT

The language in your work e-mails is probably repetitive. The phrases let me know if you have any questions and hey, just checking in are burned into your brain. But we’re all just speaking in codes. What are we really trying to say?

A woman started a Twitter thread on Wednesday about the real meanings behind corporate speak.

Soon, other people began adding their own translations.

There’s “at your earliest convenience.”

“Per my last e-mail.”

“Just wanted to touch base with you.”

“See below.”

Subtly telling off a colleague in a work e-mail is an art form. Pretty much every phrase has some weight behind it.

Now you know.

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*First Published: Oct 12, 2017, 3:15 pm CDT