Being a professional in your work sphere does not only mean that you have to be the best at what you do but also know the common sayings and basic politeness of the business letter format if you want other people to take you seriously. And though we all try our best to sound professional in work emails, sometimes missed deadlines, lack of response and overwhelming projects can put us on edge. One of the keys to keeping a cool facade is the art of sending a polite email, stuffed with polite common phrases, the kind that puts a glossy cover over your underlying frustrations. However, be careful when writing a passive-aggressive letter to someone - the truth might come out at some point, and the best outcome of that is you turning into a legendary office joke.

We here at Bored Panda have gathered some of the most common work letter examples and their true savage meanings. Scroll below to see examples of some passive-aggressive work correspondence and the funny jokes explaining them!

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

Or, "Sorry for droning on for so long up to now."

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#2

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Hans
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2 years ago

"you better justify why you ignored me"

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Who was sent in the original message?

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#4

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"I am never wrong"

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#5

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Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

Smiling with a knife behind your back.

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#6

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Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

This is usually for a third party who wasn't there, IMO.

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Bob Beltcher
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2 years ago (edited)

Don't try to ignore me because I'll come at you.

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Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

I just go with, 'regards' by itself.

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#9

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"...you are an idiot."

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#10

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't want to have to tell you again so I'm going to be passive aggressive with my thank you in hopes that it will guilt you into doing it.

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"Because you deliberately ignored it..."

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#12

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"I do not care"

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#13

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Sammiche
Community Member
2 years ago

"I know you told me yesterday that you're working on it, but I've got someone back here telling me how 'urgent' this is and they won't be satisfied unless they're convinced that I'm devoting all of my time and effort to their issue."

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"We both know you got yourself into trouble"

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"with all due respect" = "you dumb piece of..."

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 years ago

Please clarify your instructions since last time you almost cost me my job.

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Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

You can read this one many different ways. And maybe you're just eating Frosted Flakes.

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#18

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Christine K
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hope this helps". *eye roll*

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#19

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Shari H
Community Member
2 years ago

Standard closer in most of my letters. What I mean is, if you are unsure what to do, do not assume, ask me. It will be easier for everyone.

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

"probably no one"

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
2 years ago

Best part is when you follow up with a question and they never respond back. Then the next email you get from that person is about something else.

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Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 years ago

and a big "THANK YOU!" to some of the most incompetent management I have ever had to work with.

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UnicornHuman
Community Member
2 years ago

*clears throat* *adjusts pocket protector*

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#24

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Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 years ago

You better settle your account asap.

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#25

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
2 years ago

Stop giving me work and solve your own problems.

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't half ass two things, whole ass one thing.

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