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What do you think when you see WTF?
When I help organisations improve their business writing – I warn about the dangers of abbreviations.
I share a real-life example of a writer who e-mailed a client with the message:
I resent the F Up. You must resign.
What the writer meant to say was:
I re-sent the Follow-up. You must re-sign.
I encourage writers to use the hyphen with re prefixes (re-sign, re-send, re-cover) AND to avoid the abbreviation F UP!
Often in the quest for speed in business communication we use abbreviations – but abbreviations can be misunderstood.
Sometimes “more mature” workers try to sound modern by using abbreviations.
One smart young person in a recent session shared how a person kept using the expression WTF.
To them WTF meant Where’s The File!
This reminds me of the Modern Family joke – where “cool dad” Phil tries to get hip to text speak. He uses WFT incorrectly too.
I recommend you avoid abbreviations especially F Up and WTF. You can avoid F Ups – or rather, I should write:
You can avoid follow-ups where you have to explain your messages you sent earlier!
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