Put the word â€œMeetingâ€ in the Subject line. Or, even better, why don’t you clarify? Instead of â€œMeeting,â€ try a more precise word or phrase: â€œboring,â€Â â€œwaste of time,â€ or â€œmind-numbing recitation of stale information.â€
Also, if I see â€œFwd:â€ in the Subject line, I delete the email immediatelyâ€”without opening it. A child in North Dakota may die of a rare form of cancer because I didn’t send it to 157 of my friends, but guess what? I’ll never know about it.
Or how about â€œ(no subject).â€ The sender was too lazy to even pay the respect of summarizing the contents.
Or â€œStatementâ€ as in â€œCredit Card Statementâ€ or â€œYour Online Banking Statement is ready to be viewed.â€ No, I think I’ll go lock myself in the closet and cry instead. Does the IRS accept indentured servitude?
Or, â€œOops!â€ You know that the last email you received from that person didn’t include the information that justified the email in the first place. Remind me not to let my kids play at your house.
If the email’s subject line or body contains the phrase â€œcuddly crittersâ€ or pictures of fluffy kittens in frog costumes, then I don’t think we can be friends anymore.
Have I forgotten anything? Can you think of words in subject lines that make you cringe?