Per My Last Email
Witty, Wicked, and Wonderfully Weird Workplace Words and Phrases
by Stephanie K. Wright
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Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2021
Offices are a breeding ground for odd expressions and hackneyed platitudes. Why are we peeling onions and putting irons in the fire? Why is our plate always full? And most importantly, how is it even possible to give 110%? Per My Last Email provides you with fresh new words to sprinkle throughout your workday and lift you out of your office-speak rut while making you laugh at the same time. With unexpected and entertaining phrases to boost the productivity of your meetings, revitalize your email game, and even the occasional office-appropriate swear, this book is a fun and informative send-up of stale corporate lingo that will help you freshen up your own workplace communication.
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This is a comic but also useful look at some of the curious idioms we use in our office communications. What better to do when returning to the office than 'turn over a new leaf' in your professional vocabulary? Filled with much slicker but sometimes also funnier alternatives to some of the overused office phrases. This is the perfect gift for your office bestie or secret Santa.
Written with light humor and organized by work-related topics. The book is part average dictionary and part slang guide useful whether you are a younger or older employee and maybe helpful for those in other cultural situations. For example, an American may find some words that may be more common in the UK and vice versa. Index of words are listed at the end of the book to aid quick lookup.
Greetings from the overworked! As someone guilty of using the phrase ‘per my last email,’ I was naturally drawn to this book. Per my last email is a fun and quirky guide which provides alternative phrases and words to spruce up your commonly used corporate terminology (i.e., “let’s circle back,” “follow up,” or my personal favorite, “you’re on mute.”) This book was a fun and easy read to help you broaden your corporate vocabulary. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from unique swear words, office greetings, and how to resign with panache. I learned more than a few words reading this. I can see this book coming in handy for sales reps/ customer service professionals who are always looking for unique and catchy opening sentences to cold emails. At times I found myself laughing audibly—especially while reading the ‘Fun with Autoreply’ section. This was my favorite section. I need to make a mental note to use some of these phrases in my next out-of-office message! Taking a page from this book, I’ll end this review by saying, Toodles! Many thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing my review copy.
Salutations, fellow reader bees, I absolutely love this cute, informative, extremely helpful source for my work related interactions. Upon reading this, I immediately updated my auto-reply email for when I'm out of office and changed my generic signature at the bottom of every email. I love it so much. Apart from just sprucing up my work vocabulary and learning some cool old/new words, I also laughed quite a bit. The only thing that could have made this better is a pronunciation guide to some (if not all) of the words. Some are obvious, but it might be challenging to pronounce a few. I'll have to look some up before using them confidently in the office. You're the bee's knees, Kirsty
Greetings from the pit of despair! If you are tired of the same old emails at work, give this handy guide a try! It’s a super entertaining and extremely informative read. There are some terms in this book that I know and use. Others were very new to me even though they are hundreds of years old. I’m torn between buying copies of this book for everyone I know, or just keeping one book at my desk and let the office staff think I’m actually that smart/creative. Huge shout out to #NetGalley and Andrews McMeely Publishing for supplying an e-read for my honest review. Fare thee well, Good Reader!
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. This is right up up my street as I love learning new words and the workplace can be a particularly dreary place on the language front. Looking forward to throwing some new words and phrasing out, if for no other reason than to watch colleague’s confusion! A very entertaining read which I devoured in one evening!
This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Are you so tired of writing email after email and then all sounding the same? Especially in this age of COVID? This is the book for you. It absolutely takes the age we are in and breathes some life into emails and the workplace. Highly recommend. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This is a funny and entertaining nonfiction book, that I will be keeping in my ebook library forever! This would make the perfect present for Secret Santa or a colleague's birthday/leaving or any special occasion really. Relatable for anyone who has worked in an office, and those who deal with emails as a daily communication method. This has now become my go-to reference when I am looking for a witty reply within my emails and will be recommending to my social circle who share the same sense of humour as me. If you are looking for a serious textbook about writing emails, then this is not the book for you! This is a light-hearted read that doesn't take itself seriously. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a laugh on that daily commute!
A very entertaining book! Provides all sorts of examples on how to up your email game at work. A significant portion of this book basically serves as a thesaurus, providing entertaining and imaginative suggestions to replace the normal boring emails we send and receive at work. I loved the suggested out of office replies!
Thank you for the EArc NetGalley and Andrews McNeel Publishing. This is a humorous and useful resource for anyone that has a job and loves to expand their vocabulary. As a new boss I will absolutely use this when writing my employee reviews. Fantabulous read!
This book is a lot of fun but it's also an informative guide to using new language in our business communications. I fell in love with the different out of office, could be using one of them. Funny and brilliant, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Per My Last Email by Stephanie K. Wright is a short, 130-page handbook to workplace vocabulary that will have you in stitches laughing. I wasn't initially sure what this book was. A dictionary? A guidebook? A memoir? It turns out that this book is all three. I knew that I needed to read this book when I saw this sentence in the synopsis: "Tired of phrases like “circle back,” “follow up,” or the dreaded “let’s take this offline”? This hilarious guide will reinvigorate your vocabulary with direct and delightful alternatives to stale corporate speak." Who hasn't heard those phrases before? Here is an excerpt from a section titled A Brave New World: "I was on mute: Navigating the world of video conferencing Who knew you'd be spending your workdays on video conferences? Reminding people to mute or unmute themselves? Or being concerned over whether or not your picture is going to freeze? Welcome to the world of artless overstepping, unexpected dog barking, quizzical internet issues, and diverting toddler interruptions." As you can see from the excerpt above, the author is extremely funny, and this book is seriously entertaining. Not only does the book include words and phrases pre-pandemic times, it also includes specific phrases that have only recently developed in 2020 and 2021. One highlight of this book is the chapter on phrases that we should use while working from home. Instead of saying "You're frozen," the author drums up a list of nearly a dozen alternative words, some of which I had never heard of before. It's satirical and meant to be a joke, but I can't help wondering how much fun work would be if we actually adopted these phrases. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of books in the humor genre, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in October!
This is both clever and useful and I will never be able to look at my emails or out of office replies the same again! You included great examples for each word and the book is the prefect length to have a proper laugh and not be too overwhelmed by the choices. Dividing the book into the chosen categories was well thought out and I am elated to step up my office lingo!
On my most recent job as part of a marking team, we started a whiteboard full of words and phrases that irritated us - this got longer and more pedantic with each passing day, and there’s many in this book, with fabulous alternatives. “Per my last email” is one of my biggest pet peeves and yet, I use it often as it’s so passively aggressive I love it. It’s not too heavy a book, and you can flick through it, picking and choosing the topics you want to read. It’s not masses of prose; each page has a list of amusing examples for you to use these new fandangled (excellent word choice) words. I know a few people who would love to have this on their bedside table. I am determined to get some of the more obscure words into everyday vernacular, probably confusing everyone in the process. But I would feel superior in every way - like a walking thesaurus.
Oh man, this book was such a delight and a breath of fresh air. If you have ever used the phrase as ‘per my last email,’ you are gonna want to read this book Per my last email is a fun and quirky guidebook filled with alternative phrases and words to make you the best communicator at work. This book was a fun and easy read and totally tailored for every type of worker. It has vocabulary for greeting and for resigning as well ..It was hard not to laugh because it's just so witty A huge thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing my review copy.