Have you ever made a serious breach of office etiquette that made you want to call in sick? This hilarious conversation on Twitter has people sharing their stories of times they’ve screwed up in the workplace and ended up looking pretty unprofessional.

One user named Maurice started off the story round with a time he was annoyed when a business contact spelled his name wrong, so he called them out only to be told that they were just following his lead, and to take a look at his own signature. A lot of people were reminded of their own fails, and this thread was born.

Some of them can be blamed on Autocorrect, which has been “ducking” us over since its invention. It’s usually fairly benevolent when you send an unintentionally crude message to a friend and you both giggle like you’re 12 years old, but when you send it to the whole office, it can feel like the equivalent of having your pants rip while you’re giving a presentation. As much as we resent autocorrect, though, we’re not much better off without it. When you simply mistype, forget words, or send an email to the wrong person, unfortunately, you have nobody to blame but yourself.

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Francis
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7 months ago

would have been a good start for that email... :D

Ania O
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7 months ago

I once texted my boss, and instead of saying "many thanks" I typed "many bitches"(in my language there's a one letter difference between those two words, dzięki/ dziwki. Clearly a typo :P)

Isabella
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7 months ago

I sent once to a senior manager an email in which I mentioned that I am attaching the "screen shit" instead of a screen shot. I apologised but he told me that he find it rather amusing. :)))

Debrina Blackmoon
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7 months ago

oof lol

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Okay, I had more than a good chuckle at this one.

Rebekah
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7 months ago

I sent a company-wide email (1400+) announcing new company T-Shits.

Ian Harry
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7 months ago

I once finished an email to a client with "the work will be sent to you shorty" instead of "shortly". Unfortunately he was rather small too. Whoops!

Debrina Blackmoon
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7 months ago

OMG

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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7 months ago

I had a student write 'Kindest Regrets' under his mail. Truth be told, I regretted his email too ...

Chuckie
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7 months ago

it sounds like a cool song name

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YoyoSthlm
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7 months ago

Omg this is the best one!!

Rench
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7 months ago

♪Some people call me Mautice....♪

Debrina Blackmoon
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7 months ago (edited)

'Cause I speak of the pompir(t)ous of loooove...

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Belinda_Vikingheart_🇧🇻
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7 months ago

Or even better: 'KINDEST RETARDS MAUTICE'

smash17
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6 months ago

🤣

Piri Wendriner
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7 months ago

FrAud would cry. :)

Micah Pettit
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7 months ago

Had a trainer at my last job who often told us about a time she did this exact thing (the T for G swap in Regards). Always proofread your emails folks!

Marika Aeon
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7 months ago

Well happened to me that quite long ago when my English wasn't great I replied to customers and colleagues King regards :) when I realized my mistake I want just hide in the deepest hole. Weird is that no of my customers and colleagues didn't say anything about it.

D. Pitbull
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7 months ago

I accidentally incepted a co-worker once... client's name was Spanish "Arce"... and I, being an immature idiot giggled and said "Poor guy/girl... that must've been crap in elementary school... can you imagine? 'Hey there ARSE...'"... and in his response to the client..................yeeah... wrong misspelling...

John Tisdale
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7 months ago

Several years ago I was building some technology for a group of tech firm clients, that included Microsoft, and Bill Gates participated in the project. Someone from one of the other companies sent me an email asking why our website was having problems and I responded that Microsoft needed to fix their buggy web server technology. After I clicked send, I had a panicked thought to check if anyone had been cc'ed on the email (I hadn't thought to check before responding). To my horror, I see listed all of Microsoft's international offices! I freaked out and thought my career was surely over. Agonizing hours of waiting for the ramifications to land on my head turned into days... then weeks... months and years. Funny thing but I never heard a peep from anyone at Microsoft about it, and I didn't lose my job.

Pan Narrans
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7 months ago

My friend Maurice's handwriting is SO bad his first email address was mavrice@telekabel.nl

Edgar Rops
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7 months ago

How many times did I have a wish to do this on purpose...

Shinobi Shabby
Community Member
7 months ago

lol always use a saved signature

Ines
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7 months ago

i wrote "best regrets" the other day....

Kjorn
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7 months ago

could be worst… you could've wrote: Kinkest regards

MagicalUnicorn
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7 months ago

well, best level of sarcasm is calling idiot "idiot" the way he doesn't notice...

Beuska
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7 months ago

I think this must have been a Freud-ish thing :)

Beuska
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7 months ago

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DforDorothy
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7 months ago

Been there,done that. 🤣

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Monika Soffronow
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7 months ago

That is pretty correct. I find that most men tend to fall into one of these categories ... ;-)

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In 2018, the United States Embassy in Australia accidentally distributed an email titled “meeting” inviting recipients to a “cat pajama-jam” with a picture of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster costume and offering a plate of cookies to illustrate. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the email also contained a section of Latin (the trusty sample text Lorem Ipsum, perhaps?) and a RSVP button. The public affairs counselor described the mistake as a “training error” made by a new hire learning their way around the email newsletter procedure.

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Doc Thissen
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7 months ago

So... you were in a pickle?

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J.Labuschagné
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7 months ago

Had the same problem! Only realised my mistake when one of my professors said he got an inquiry from an odd email account... I was mortified!

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ShireenAin'tWoke
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7 months ago

🤣

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If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t notice your mistakes until the moment you’ve pressed the send button, it might be worth turning on the “undo send” feature on your email. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable with it, or else you’ll start not noticing your mistakes until the buffer time has passed and it’s really sent.

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

Whorrible mistake

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

Did he give You hell for this?

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Carol Emory
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7 months ago

Then the drug test came upon your return. "You know our anti-drug policy here, D."

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Beeps
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7 months ago

Can’t you just change your name to that?

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

What's a private autobiography company? What do they do exactly?

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Restless
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7 months ago

A colleague once sent an email to our Client, instead of saying 'the ship is on the water' she typed 'the shit is on the water'. Fortunately he had a sense of humour

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Daria B
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7 months ago

Thankfully, some messengers have the "unsend" option. Life saver.

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Atlas
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7 months ago

My mom once sent an email to her boss to make him aware that "orders can be released now". Nothing autocorrect worthy, right? But we're brazilian, and the phrase goes "pedidos podem ser liberados agora". Instead of typing "pedidos", she typed "peidos"... which roughly translates to "farts can be released now". Stinks

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Hinchess
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7 months ago

Zanda, I could be annoyed by "sry" but that would be silly. 😉

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Nevid
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7 months ago

To be more precise, it means "fuck yourself"

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Atlas
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7 months ago

Ahhhhh, this is such a common evil! I always double-check everything, and once I'm done.. I check again.

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Monika Soffronow
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7 months ago

A colleague who is very dear to me is called Mirella Marinaki. Why do I seem to always refer to her as Marinella???

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Chuckie
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7 months ago

Freudian slip?

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

good advice, nevertheless

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Vic
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7 months ago

Your new phone is an arsehole! 😂😂

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Ryo Bakura
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7 months ago

Maybe your phone is possessed by the soul of Devin Weston.

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IzzieM
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7 months ago

It's been awhile since I laughed so hard tears ran down my legs. ☺

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Not what you think.
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7 months ago

Pray real hard they don't get shot or you'll be a prime suspect.

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Vero Morales
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7 months ago (edited)

Very gracious if you

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MagicalUnicorn
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7 months ago

well, everybody has certain needs, although i can only wish to have day off from work for that :D

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Karen Johnston
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7 months ago

Hope you're not a librarian.

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Ripley
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7 months ago

The natural follow-up to this, of course, would be a significant number of those 2,200 people hitting "reply all" to say "don't send this to All".

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

Some people are simply unable to admit their mistake, Mary

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Bean59
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7 months ago

we have to train our butt! perfectly normal!!

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Samantha Lomb
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7 months ago

in fairness copulation is how we populate

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Lola DM
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7 months ago

Just assume your Italian background and pick up the accent, I guess?

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Luke Bouley
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7 months ago

Awesome nickname FTW

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Sam
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7 months ago

"sincerely, Satan."

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Samantha Lomb
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7 months ago

I podcast and one of the ертпы шт the check list my boss gave me was ask beforehand how a guest's name is pronounced to avid this embarrassment

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago (edited)

Did she have a foreign keyboard? In some countries in central Europe, especially German speaking countries, 'Z' and 'Y' are exchanged when compared to the standard English layout (QWERTZ instead of QWERTY). Otherwise such a typo would be strange because 'Y' and 'Z' ar pretty far apart.

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Stille20
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7 months ago

Oh no! Your colleague should also NEVER put that in writing.

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Rowlie
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7 months ago

Stephen's secretary should relax

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Ryo Bakura
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7 months ago

Your fault for living in Wales. Kidding. Or am I?

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Raylene Mckenzie
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7 months ago

And this is why parents shouldn't fk with spelling just to show off their "uniqueness" at having a child. It's the child who has to spend the rest of their lives dealing with this shit.

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