Archive for February, 2012

Do other people find “plz” rude?

February 3, 2012 1pm in Pedantry,Random Ramblings | Comments (5)

GA guys,

There’s something that’s been bugging me at work and I wonder if it’s just me.  When people in the workplace are writing on their PC, either in email or in some kind of instant messaging, they always use abbreviations like “ga” for good afternoon, “gm” for good morning”, “pl” or “plz” for please and “tx” or “ty” for thank you.  Which to me seems too informal for the workplace.

I don’t mind if it’s friends chatting, but when it’s somebody in the workplace whom you’ve never spoken to before, I think it’s too informal.  Arguably, part of the point of writing “please” and “thank you” is that you took the time to bother to say them in the first place – and changing them to “plz” and “ty” defeats the purpose.

But as I’m writing this, I think to myself how pompous I bet I seem to some people, so what do you think?

When people at work get an error message in their software, and they email me with “Plz advice on the below error and revert on the same, tx” it makes me want to scream!