TY or not to TY?

My regular full time job is not yet as a writer, but as someone who receives many emails a day. Almost all emails are requesting something be updated as soon as possible so the person may proceed in a time sensitive manner. My assistance can be critical to the success of that part of their overall process.

As a result, many will reply back with a quick thanks and some will add additional comments of thanks. Taking the time to say thanks is always appreciated. However, the one reply that makes me twitch and shake my head is the email that simply says, “TY”.

For those who have yet to be the recipient of such a message, “TY” is short for “Thank You”. While I absolutely understand, but as a general rule choose not to use, “TY” in Tweets limited to 140 characters or in informal text messages, I simply do not understand replying to a work email with a “TY”.

Well, maybe they are using their iPhone to reply, you may say. Perhaps, though generally they are not, and even if they were, is it that difficult to write out “thanks” or “thank you”? You are so grateful for the service I provided that you can only muster up two letters in your email back? Your gratitude has been reduced to an insultingly short abbreviation. I’m sorry, I would rather receive no email at all than an email that says “TY”.

Does this pet peeve make me a bristly English Major/Grammar Nerd? I am sure some will be screaming at the screen, YES!!! Maybe so. 🙂

But I think it’s part of an unfortunate informality that has bled from texting/tweeting into the business world. Again, I understand the informality of abbreviations in those formats, but in the business environment I find it shocking to see text speak used in corporate emails, sometimes from senior managers or executives. If the proper use of the English language is not to be expected in a business email, where should it be expected? Or have we thrown those expectations completely out the window?

I will concede that this may vary depending on the type of office where you work. But my guess is that it is almost everywhere, at least to some degree. And I will admit I find it a bit sad.

Does the use of abbreviated thanks like “TY” bother you? Or do you think it’s a silly pet peeve?

Do you think abbreviated words like “y” instead of “why” and “u” instead of “you” are perfectly fine at work (whether replying on your phone or not)?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Unless it’s “TY for ur post.” Then no comment required.

Haha just kidding.

Sort of.

5 thoughts on “TY or not to TY?

  1. I am with you completely on maintaining professionalism in the workplace email correspondence. Spelling should be correct, and complete sentences used. Soon people will be back to just grunting. Oh well. Fight the good fight!

  2. I too agree with you. The art of a beautifully scripted letter is now a lost art. No wonder today’s youth cannot spell properly.

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