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Cut out the SMS-ese!

November 26, 2008
C u at 6', 'B thr in 10', 'cn v meet?', 'Cl me l8r' -- which of us isn't guilty of typing off a message like this to a pal when fixing an appointment or running late. It's short, it's convenient and it saves a helluva lot of time and effort! SMS-ese or English inspired by SMS short-forms may be all those things but one thing it's not is appropriate for all forms of written communication. Well, not yet anyway.

For as easy as it is to employ the convenience of SMS English -- compressing words into three or four letters, dropping punctuations and throwing all the rules of grammar out the window -- when communicating with people other than your closest pals and relatives, one would recommend spelling it out!

And here's why:

Keeping it formal
When interacting with colleagues, prospective employers, clients or any other person on a professional level it is imperative that you spell things out. You might be exceptionally friendly with an associate or client even, but in written correspondence such as e-mails or letters spell out each word. If this correspondence needs to be sent to a more senior person in the organisation, it'll cut out a lot of unneeded embarrassment.

For instance, when fixing an appointment via email, say: 'I will be available at 6 pm today. Can we meet then?' or "Can we meet at 6 pm today?" instead of 'cn v mt at 6 2de?'

Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh

Also see: Email etiquette for dummies

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