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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!

Look… where?

July 23, 2009 7pm in Pedantry | Comments (2)


In London, they have “Look Left” and “Look Right” painted on the road at most intersections, to relieve people of the one tiny bit of thinking they have to do when crossing the road.

However… I’m not sure which way to look at this intersection!  Oh no what do I do!

Apparently I look to the rigiht. 

Actually, I do know which way to look; I walk along this road every day and have done every weekday for the last 3 or so years.  In fact, that’s my work in the top right of the picture.

This is becoming one of my most popular sayings already… but you clearly don’t have to have a university degree to work for the City of London Road Painting Division.

Wake you’re ideas up… your not doing yourself any favours!!!

July 22, 2009 2pm in Pedantry | Comments (0)


Now, some might say this is the whole reason I started a blog – so I could bitch about bad grammar.

And they’d be right.  Well… it’s not the whole reason, but it’s important enough to devote a whole category to it.  Now… how big will WordPress let me make this next sentence?

Please people… learn the difference between “you’re” and “your”!  *FACEPALM*

“Whether your out for a stroll, serious about keeping fit…”

I emailed them (of course), but got an “undeliverable message”.  You obviously don’t have to be a university graduate to work for the London Development Agency.

Note: Some of you are bound to think that being pedantic is bad.  Well… I think being sloppy and uneducated is bad.  I’m sure most of the time it’s a matter of being sloppy, not being uneducated, but you just never know.