Cover Image: Per My Last Email

Per My Last Email

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I like words and phrases. I like learning them, reading them, using them. This book contains lists of words and phrases to add zip and variety to office memos and other communications.  The examples are kind of amusing. E.g., bloviating: “Mike, if you would control your bloviating, you might get invited toTaco Tuesdays and even Wine Wednesdays.” But as you may note, they’re kind of not funny too. Definitely a book to glimpse, but not to reference or study for personal improvement..
Was this review helpful?
"Per My Last Email" - who doesn't want to fire off emails on a daily basis beginning with this intro? I know I have and that's what drew me to this book. I knew that this book would give me some good laughs.

My favorite section is "About those Emails" with sections titled
GREETINGS!, GOODBYES, LOOKING FORWARD, and the absolute best FUN WITH AUTOREPLY. It's full of hilarious response prompts and templates.

Per My Last Email would be a fun book to give to friends who like to poke fun at their office culture and need a break from the same-old, same-old office talk.

It's for anyone who ever worked in a cubicle. It's for anyone whose email in-box is never empty and is tempted to "Select All, then Delete".
Was this review helpful?
There are only so many times to say, "checking status" or "following up" or "circle back." I am certainly tired of prefacing emails when I have to repeat myself with "per my last email." As I am sure the recipients of such emails probably feel a certain way. Well there is a new hilarious guide titled Per My Last Email: Curious Words and Clever Phrases to Vivify, Excite, Delight Your Work World to help reinvigorate your vocabulary with alternatives to stale corporate lingo.

I've been in Corporate America for 19 years and picked up a few odd phrases such as, "full plate" when I am overextended with work, "water-cooler talk" when office gossiping, and claiming to give "110%" when that's not even possible. Thank goodness to author Stephanie K. Wright for writing an informative fun book of phrases to boost your communication game and revive your meetings all while remaining appropriate.

Per My Last Email is the resource you didn't know you needed for work or professional communication. Since reading and heavily highlighting, I have used many of its suggestions. I must say the responses I receive are positive and dare I say, productive! The author has clearly tried and proved these methods are effective. Add this to your nonfiction pile, Bookhearts, and thank me later!

Happy Pub Day, Stephanie K. Wright! Per My Last Email is now available.

Was this review helpful?
This is the book I've picked up when I've had small blocks of time to read but not enough to commit into getting into a book.
And every time I found myself giggling over it.
Stephanie K. Wright is a person after my own heart, the words they have chosen to use and her way of using them in sentences is something that constantly cracked me up.

I will say that this is going to be my number 1 gift to people this holiday season, just because it brought me so much joy and in the era of working from home more then a few of my friends would enjoy new words for telling their coworkers to stop eating unmuted.
Was this review helpful?
A long awaited book on a vital subject for efficiency at work. Brilliant explanations and very clear advice. 
bravo ! To be recommended !
Was this review helpful?
Oh this was such fun to read. Especially when taking a break in the middle of the work day.  With everything online now - meetings and memos and all, using the same words over and over again can get boring.  This book is chock full of words to use instead of the usual words like meeting, productive, resign, discussion, take it offline… hahaha. Even out of office auto replies can be jazzed up with the suggestions here. 

Though of course, if you work a more conservative industry like me, they’d be just fun to read and not apply.  Some companies do not have a sense of humor. 

Though I was really tempted to use some of the words here. 

Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley Really enjoyed this one a lot.
Was this review helpful?
If you're tried of using the same words and phrases all the time, you need this book! It gives scenarios and then lists options other than the boring most commonly used phrases. Each word has a definition and a sentence showing how it's used. The tone is casual and funny, this isn't a serious language book.
Was this review helpful?
So, I fell for all the marketing hype that this would be a fabulous, fun read.

It was not.

It was boring, trivial and there wasn't anything here that made me 'LOL' or even put in a wry smile. It just wasn't amusing. The list of thesaurus-like words was just trivial.

I did not get anything out of this.
Was this review helpful?
Are you tired of using the same old words week after week? Do you want to put some verve in your vocabulary? Are you itching to improve your emails? Then this is the book for you.

Stephanie Wright scoured dictionaries, dusty books, and hieroglyphic manuscripts (just kidding) to come up with this collection of alternative ways to express yourself. And in case you're wondering, the author asserts, "Any relation to words created from a secret language you made up as a kid is purely coincidental."

The book is aimed at corporate employees, but most folks could find uses for the innovative words and expressions. To provide a feel for the book I'll provide an aperçu (brief glimpse).


Want to call a meeting. You can say:

We are pulling together a boodle (crowd) to discuss the next office party.
It is time to constellate (form a group) to choose the new corporate logo.


Want to have a productive meeting? You can say:

This is a short meeting. Blatherskiting (talking at great length) will not be tolerated.
Please keep your comments brief to avoid the overwhelming abulomania (indecisiveness) surrounding the topic.


Are you befuddled? You can say:

It seems there is a gallimaufry (confusing group) of choices for the new hire.
If the goal of that question was to metagrobolize (mystify) the team, it worked.


Need a fresh greeting? You can say:

What's kicking, chickens?
How farest though?


Having a rough day? You can say:

My whole family has the flu. I am utterly chapfallen (cast down in spirit).
I'm feeling querulous (in a bad mood), so I suggest you leave me alone.


Do you have a lot going on? You can say:

With the release happening in three days, the entire team is full on negotious (very busy) right now.
I have a hundred things to do. I am completely snowed under (crushed with work) today.


Are people annoying you? You can say:

Please don't put Beau on my team. I already have to work with two lurdans (incompetent persons).
Kravitz is the ultimate quidnunc (gossipy person). I wonder what he's saying about me.


Want to blow off steam? You can say:

Zooterkins! (all purpose swear word). What did you just do to the copier?
Whoever left the paper tray empty again is a total jackwagon (worthless person).


Hoping to hear from someone soon? You can say:

Methodically binge-eating candy while I await your reply.
Going to check out the latest Twitter drama while you consider my proposal.


Want to shush someone? You can say:

Oh my freakin' stars! Can we just cut the cackle (stop talking nonsense) and get on with the meeting.
Please save it (stop talking) Fran! We've already heard about all the followers you have on Instagram.


Feeling particularly nasty? You can say:

Stan, you've accomplished exactly nothing. I have never before met a scobberlotcher (lazy human) of your caliber.
I was having fun until our resident smellfungus (killjoy) showed up to kill the mood.


Want to give someone a compliment? You can say:

Jane is a bosting (excellent) coder. She can finish a project in two days.
Sam's spiffing (splendid) commercial was perfect for the plush toy launch.


Want to quit? You can say:

I've decided to demit (resign a job) my position as project manager to go to cosmetology school.
I have made the decision to scarper (leave a place) and head to San Francisco to open a bakery.


There are TONS more words, expressions, and suggestions for effective (but fun) emails in the book. And there's an Index at the back for convenience. I'd recommend the book to people who want to gussy up their verbiage or just have a laugh.

Thanks to Netgalley, Stephanie K. Wright, and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of the book.
Was this review helpful?
A humorous thesaurus for work related topics. A few of my favorites were ultracrepidarian, crapulous, and wabbit.

There were some suggested away from office message suggestions I would love to use. However I would also like to keep my job so I must sadly keep my old generic away message.
Was this review helpful?
Per My Last Email by Stephanie K. Wright
Published: October 5, 2021
Andrews McMeel Publishing
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily. 

Stephanie K. Wright has spent her life spellbound by words. She lives in Seattle with her effervescent pitbull, Hedy, and her charming grimalkins, Hubble and Atwood.

“It’s time to sparkle like the shiny ball of clever that you are.”

This is such a fun, easy read, filled with so many dazzling new expressions! If you are looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your work emails, daily correspondence, and just a delightful book- look no further.

Stephanie Wright has found a way to add a jovial balance to the everyday humdrum of cubicle life. This was a quick read, but it is so charmingly written and has some excellent vocabulary.

I enjoyed the definition and examples provided.  I cannot wait to inject some of these phrases into my work life! Stupendously original, fast-paced, and fun, this is an excellent source of fresh information.

I was engaged from the first page and found the anecdotes delightful. I am excited to refer this little gem to my bookish besties!
Was this review helpful?
This newfangled attempt to zhuzh up the office lingo, especially for emails, is incredible. 
Stephanie is a workplace improvement prepotent!
Reading "Per My Last Email" was so entertaining. Needing some new ways to say...well, anything? It's in this little yellow wonder.
Learn to say no in new ways...and in general. Learn to compliment, back-sass, back-talk, and encourage your team. Learn about 400 new words you can use in your daily, but specifically your email-y life. It'll  make responding to those often times 100s of emails a week much more entertaining for you. I don't know about y'all, but the more entertained I am the better endurance I have. I will be so entertained responding to emails now that I will get through them all. Or at least all of the ones I deem worthy of a response.

Thanks to NetGalley for my ARC - I loved this!
Was this review helpful?
Thanks NetGalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing and Stephanie K. Wright for an ARC to review. 
A fun quick witty read about new phrases to express yourself in work related correspondences.
Was this review helpful?
First of all thanks Natgalley for providing me with this book to provide my honest feedback.
So good things first, I liked many of the phrases written in the book and they were quite witty too. But that wasn't I was expecting from the book. It looked like a very specific selection of words and we can call it mini dictonary? And dictionaries can be a bit overwhelming. The overall concept can be played using some characters and more in a story format rather than simply presenting the glossary.
Was this review helpful?
Tired of using the same verbiage to get your point across? Look no further! This book will help you add a lot of panache to telling that lazy coworker to pick up the pace. Or my favorite spice up your out of the office message. 

 Hilarious and extremely useful. This would be the perfect gift for a coworker or as a white elephant Christmas gift!
Was this review helpful?
Well, this book was not what I thought it was. Before I opened it, I saw someone say that this would be a good bathroom read. I assumed because it was short, but boy was I wrong!

I’ve never wanted to read the dictionary. Like, open the dictionary to the first page and just begin reading. This is what I would imagine it would be like to do so. There are no quirky anecdotes or examples more than a sentence long, so I just gave this book a quick scan and moved on. I didn’t absorb anything, mostly because I didn’t care to, and moved on to something with far more sustenance.  

Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book is set to be published on October 5th, 2021.
Was this review helpful?
This is a humorous and snarky thesaurus-like guide to the world of professional emails! I would like to buy a printed copy when it is released and put it in my office! I think it would start some very funny conversations!
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to the author, Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley,  for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This short, very funny book is exactly the snarky passive-agressive thesaurus I didn't know I needed to cope with workspeak. Not that my employer would allow use of e.g. the out of office texts, but a woman can dream. I did expect a bit more anecdotal humor rather than just a straight-up reference text.
Was this review helpful?
This book talks about communication in the work place.  It has some humor in it and workers will be able to relate to it.
Was this review helpful?
"Think out of the box"

"Let's circle back"

"follow up"

"Let's take this offline"

This short, funny book is part dictionary and part thesaurus. Only 128 pages so you can plow through it in one sitting. Give it a try if you a worn out from the same old emails at work especially if you enjoy learning about language and office humor.

From the book: Why are we peeling onions and putting irons in the fire? Why are our plates always full? More importantly, how is it even possible to give 110%?

Buy this one for everyone in your office or leave a copy in the break room.
Was this review helpful?