Emails and texts are an insanely popular form of communication, with billions of each sent every day. Most of these emails and texts go the correct recipient, say exactly what the sender intended them to say, and generally help us communicate more efficiently.
However, with so many emails and texts being sent around the world mistakes are bound to happen. And they do so often. For last week’s We Ask You discussion we decided to compile your best examples of embarrassing emails and texts, and the results were entertaining, to say the least.
We asked you, What’s The Most Embarrassing Email or Text You’ve Ever Sent? We had a good number of respondents, but we suspect some people bottled out of revealing an embarrassing incident for fear of humiliation. You needn’t have worried, as we’re all friends here. Well, except the trolls, who are more like frenemies.
We saw the full gamut of embarrassing errors laid out in the comments.
These included stories of personal woe, such as the guy who thought he had text a girl he fancied only to find he’d mistakenly text his mother, or the guy whose simple typo – from CPAP to CLAP – meant his friend couldn’t understand why he was so excited at his future prospects for a good night’s sleep.
There were also work-related tales of miscommunication, such as the guy whose use of an inappropriate placeholder meant that some politicians were mocked with the opening line, “Dear Napoleon Bonaparte, ruler of the free world,” or the girl whose assumption that the acronym RA meant ‘Research Assistant’ rather than ‘Research Associate’ resulted in months of a bizarre power dynamic.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Napoleon Bonaparte, Christine S, and George L. Comment Of The Week goes to Laura.A., who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
It was my best friend’s wedding anniversary so I sent an e-mail to congratulate him. When I sent it I realized I had sent the e-mail to a friend of mine whose wife had died in a car accident a year ago. Both friends have the same name and I didn’t pay attention to the e-mail that appeared in the recipient field. My friend answered asking if it had been a macabre joke and he never talked to me again.
We choose this comment because it shows the real-life consequences that can result from a hurried email or text. By not checking who the recipient of this message was the sender managed to offend and potentially upset a widower. And lost a good friend in the process. All of which could have been avoided by double checking the details before hitting ‘Send’.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each Wednesday, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following Tuesday. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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