By user12625760 on Oct 31, 2007
Email can be such a poor way to communicate. I often write emails that are too terse and the people who receive them think that I am cross or that I am being deliberately rude. So I have decided I will now publish the rules by which I have lived for a while:
If I wish to convey that you are a fool I will use the phrase: “You are a fool”.
If I am bored of talking to you I will use the phrase: “I'm bored of talking to you”.
If you have upset me then I will use the phrase: “You have upset me”.
If I wish to upset you in an indeterminate way I will use the phrase: “I have a higher opinion of Conservative M.P.s than I have of you.”. Just trust me that will be an insult.
If you get an email from me that does not contain those phrases, but you are upset or insulted by it, then it is just my poor use of English. Please accept my apologies.