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    I just received this email:

    "OH!!! Certainly! Hope you’re having a BLAST!"

    from a 30ish female coworker. I (male) would never send an email like that. What I mean by that is all of the !'s and caps. Would any of you males ever send one like that?

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    Is there a missing link or was it deleted?

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    • #3
      Re: Email Style

      It depends. If informal and to a friend, yes. Written language is definitely changing due to computers. Obviously texting is an extreme example but the above example is showing more emotion than if written as recommeded by strunk. I see it as representing an extra layer of information and don't find it that grating in an informal setting.

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      • #4
        Re: Email Style

        Originally posted by Daisy
        It depends. If informal and to a friend, yes. Written language is definitely changing due to computers. Obviously texting is an extreme example but the above example is showing more emotion than if written as recommeded by strunk. I see it as representing an extra layer of information and don't find it that grating in an informal setting.
        I didn't find it grating at all. It was just an observation of one difference between the sexes. My wife (50ish) told me that she sends message like that all the time.

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        • #5
          Re: Email Style

          Originally posted by maggot
          Originally posted by Daisy
          It depends. If informal and to a friend, yes. Written language is definitely changing due to computers. Obviously texting is an extreme example but the above example is showing more emotion than if written as recommeded by strunk. I see it as representing an extra layer of information and don't find it that grating in an informal setting.
          I didn't find it grating at all. It was just an observation of one difference between the sexes. My wife (50ish) told me that she sends message like that all the time.
          I would find it grating in a more formal setting. It may well be a difference between older men and women but I doubt it is for teens.

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          • #6
            Re: Email Style

            Originally posted by maggot
            I just received this email:
            "OH!!! Certainly! Hope you’re having a BLAST!"
            from a 30ish female coworker. I (male) would never send an email like that. What I mean by that is all of the !'s and caps. Would any of you males ever send one like that?
            Well, YES, I WOULD!!!! (and I do)
            E-mail (and posts on message boards) are too impersonal and 'boring' for my standards. I am way to upbeat and enthusiastic about others (and life in general) to post the above with something like this (which I see all the time):

            "My response is in the affirmative, and I am pleased that you are enjoying your stay there. "

            Dang it - seize the freakin' day! Would it kill you to appear as though you REALLY appreciated the note and genuinely LIKE the other person??!!
            :wink:

            Your pal,

            Doug Logan

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            • #7
              Interestingly, I have noticed the same phenomenom again and again over
              the last few weeks. Women, on average, use much more exclamation
              marks, smileys, ``lol''s, capitalized words, etc.---often to the point
              where it becomes annoying to me. About two weeks ago, I read a message
              on another message board which contained (guesstimate) twenty
              sentence---and twenty times ``lol''.

              My hypothesis is that this is due to the more emotionally driven
              communication style that women have (compared to men): They try to
              bring over their emotions by using these means, where the average man
              would focus on thoughts or use just words for emotional content.

              I would be genuinely interested in hearing the women's take on this
              hypothesis.

              As for myself, I tend to be very restrictive, possibly even
              underusing these means. (Instead, I focus on confusing people with
              over-complicated and sometimes incorrect grammar.)

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              • #8
                I am no expert on email styles and gender nor do I receive work related emails.

                I do read a few forums that are frequented by mostly females and there is a huge difference in how women express themselves as compared to men and what they are willing to share with the world!

                Wome are very sensitive to the wording of something. I have seen plenty of fights and hurt feelings result from the misunderstanding of a single word. Women need to know exactly what the person meant; men seems to let it just roll off ther backs.




                I think you are right that women, in general, like to express the emotion that goes along with their response to things they write.

                And then there is marlow. :roll: :shock:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mojo
                  And then there is marlow. :roll: :shock:
                  I am a rock . . . I am an island . . .

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mojo
                    ...
                    Wome are very sensitive to the wording of something. I have seen plenty of fights and hurt feelings result from the misunderstanding of a single word. Women need to know exactly what the person meant; men seems to let it just roll off ther backs.
                    ...
                    If only this were the case on these message boards...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Marlow
                      Originally posted by mojo
                      And then there is marlow. :roll: :shock:
                      I am a rock . . . I am an island . . .
                      ah, Marlow, you too are a piece of the continent, a part of the main...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Master Po
                        Originally posted by Marlow
                        Originally posted by mojo
                        And then there is marlow. :roll: :shock:
                        I am a rock . . . I am an island . . .
                        ah, Marlow, you too are a piece of the continent, a part of the main...


                        I don't know, I think he's only connected at low tide...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rasb
                          Originally posted by Master Po
                          Originally posted by Marlow
                          Originally posted by mojo
                          And then there is marlow. :roll: :shock:
                          I am a rock . . . I am an island . . .
                          ah, Marlow, you too are a piece of the continent, a part of the main...


                          I don't know, I think he's only connected at low tide...
                          So, then, perhaps he's a peninsula, and only an island in his own mind -- perhaps when the tide goes out, he'll weigh in on these speculations.

                          :wink:

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                          • #14
                            Or maybe an isthmus ? Gawd, that's hard to say with a peanut butter sandwich in your mouth. If the ocean levels rise even a little, I hope Marlow seeks higher ground, and always takes the high road.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rasb
                              I hope Marlow seeks higher ground, and always takes the high road.
                              Wise words, amigo, I hope so too!
                              Speaking of tides, just got back from the beach where it's only 98 freakin' degrees! :shock: Florida in the summer . . . like Hades, only hotter.

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