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Eliminating the ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale’ approach to email etiquette

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten “you’re welcome” note to show your appreciation for someone’s handwritten “thank you” note?

Research organization the Radicati Group estimates the number of emails sent per day to be around 294 billion. Does your organization use the “Chip ‘n’ Dale” approach to email etiquette by overly indulging in extreme courtesies? When someone types “thank you,” does every recipient respond “you’re welcome” to the entire “reply all” group? While I truly believe in professionalism and respect, isn’t there a better way of handling this process?

Although the title of this posting references Chip ‘n’ Dale, the real characters were called “The Goofy Gophers.” Some sources believe these two represented a spoof of the Disney characters Chip ‘n’ Dale.

According to Wikipedia, “The pair’s dialogue is peppered with such over-politeness as ‘Indubitably!,’ ‘You first, my dear,’ and ‘But, no, no, no. It must be you who goes first!’ The two often also tend to quote Shakespeare and use unnecessarily long words. For example, in Lumber Jerks, instead of, ‘We gotta get our tree back,’ they say, ‘We must take vital steps to reclaim our property.’

While this posting is rather short, I am trying desperately not to wordsmith in the style of the Goofy Gophers.

Please post your solutions below in the comments, and for those who have not had the pleasure of viewing these two rodents, visit this YouTube link.

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