I used to work with someone who might fairly be described as curmudgeonly.

This person detests people who reply to an e-mail with a one-word Thanks.

Needless replies are a bit annoying, but it’s also hard to know when to terminate an e-mail exchange.

The advice I give to law students in my seminar on e-mail in a professional setting is to err on the side of politeness, especially in relation to more senior peeps.

Even at the risk of irritating a curmudgeon.

Neil Guthrie (@guthrieneil)


  1. What about a simple ? by way of follow up when someone does not respond to an email after a few days. I have been told that it is somewhat rude, but it is intentionally harsh in the face of being ignored when a timely response is required and expected.

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