Helen Bach

Helen found out her use of grammar was being questioned when an email was accidentally sent to her
Helen found out her use of grammar was being questioned when an email was accidentally sent to her

I must admit I felt a bit sorry for that Corby teacher who hit reply to an email instead of forwarding it.

I’m sure we’ve all either done it, or come close to it, perhaps double-checking at the last second and going ‘Whoops!’ or words to that effect.

It’s perhaps a good rule that you should never put in an email what you wouldn’t want the world to see, or especially the person about whom you’re going to say something.

An old colleague of mine was forever hitting reply instead of forward, so much so that people became immune to it and got to the stage, thankfully, that they just laughed it off, but then she never really said anything too bad about them.

I once received an email from a client which obviously wasn’t meant for me.

I’d written a press release and sent it over for approval, she’d returned it, having corrected my grammar (incorrectly).

I’d stood my ground and told her politely that I was in fact right, and she’d then meant to forward it to her mother (!) checking with her if my English was correct, asking what was for that night’s dinner and saying how nice her Mum’s new floral blouse looked!

She had desperately tried to recall the message, but I’d already opened it and read it.

She was absolutely mortified, I thought it was hilarious, and she never tried to correct my grammar again!

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