Commonly Used Phrases at the Office and What It Really Means

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  • For your information (FYI). Means: I don’t know what to do with this, so please keep it.
  • Noted and returned. Means: I don’t know what to do with this, so please keep it little while.
  • Review and comment. Means: Do the dirty work so that I can forward it.
  • Action please. Means: Get yourself involved for me. Don’t worry, I’ll claim the credit.
  • For your necessary action. Means: It’s your headache now.
  • Copy to. Means: Here’s a share of my headache.
  • For your approval, please. Means: Put your neck on the chopping board for me please.
  • Action is being taken. Means: Your correspondence is lost and I am trying to locate it.
  • Your letter is receiving our attention. Means: I am trying to figure out what you want.
  • Please discuss. Means: I don’t know what the hell this is, so please brief me.
  • For your immediate action. Means: Do it NOW! Or I will get into serious trouble.
  • Please reply soon. Means: Please be efficient. It makes me look inefficient.
  • We are investigating/ processing your request with the relevant authorities. Means: They are causing the delay, not us.
  • Regards. Means: Thanks and bless you for reading all the crap.

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