You know what really grinds my gears? People who drop the “I” in sentences.
It’s especially common among executives and high-level managers, as if they expect you to know that everything they say is – of course – about them.
For example, here’s a request for a meeting: “Want to get together for a meeting.”
It sounds like a question, but it’s really a declaration. In proper English, it would read: “I want to get together for a meeting.”
Here are more examples taken from actual situations:
- “Interested in that CPM vs CPC comparison.”
- “Like idea of adding extra modules to page.”
- “Agree with John – nice job on sales call.”
- “Only concern is the light gray text is too subtle.”
- “Have to take a poop.”
Well, that last one isn’t an actual example, but I can very well imagine an executive saying that. Or, rather:
Can very well imagine an executive saying that.