Email Faux Pas

I would have gotten straight to the point only if if IF-

1. I knew how to manage my flair of being unfocused AND
2. I didn’t fell off my chair laughing on a major “email faux pas” – an outrageous email signature. (hahahahahha)

I hate to impose, but some people really need to get their email-signature thingy right. I mean, c’mon! You cannot have your official email signature that is out rightly brainless and dodo. Jesus!

Okay, so I thought of this – another educating and informative and enlightening post – when on a day like today, that is a work-loaded everyone-is-out-to-get-me Tuesday, I got a strictly official mail giving me dead and banal “internet brand activity” idea for one of my high fashion brands. (huh!) Skimming through the mail, and swearing at the general lack of creativity in the industry, I saw the bold navy blue signature (which was quite a contrast to the “plain text format and Times New Roman font” email) at the bottom of the mail. OhMYGod! It said “Never knock on Death’s door. Ring the doorbell and run away (he hates that)”. HAHAHA. Very funny, this one. Don’t get me wrong, I laughed on the person, not because the line was funny. This?? On an official email?? You must be kidding me! I mean hello! What kind of a dud would write that as a sig.? Lol. This is so funny, my stomach is aching because of the uncontrollable giggling and the people in the office are staring too. I think I should take a print out and pin this email up on my desk. Hehehehe. Call me a fool, but it amazes me how prosaic people become in order to appear clever and entertaining. So much for the effort! It is okay to do so in a personal email, but an official mail with a signature like this is a big no-no. Have something sensible there, if you must. Uff. While they say it’s good to be funny, give me a break already. What good can it do to be silly, especially when it is work related ?

I’m still smiling at the silly signature, while I share with you a few more amusing email Faux Pas I’ve come across and I remember. My comments in italics.

  • “To do is to be” – Socrates
    “To be is to do” – Descartes
    “Do be do be do” – Sinatra

Oh Wow. It rhymes too!

  • “Curse the software!”

Hahaha. And hit the hardware.

  • “Close your eyes and this sentence will disappear.
    – Ron Quill”

Amazing. Ron Quill rocks!

  • “’Did you sleep well?’ ‘No, I made a couple of mistakes.’ – Steve Wright”

Hahahaha. Steve Wright is as funny as Ron Quills! Lol

  • “No-one suspects the butterfly!”


  • “And God said “Let there be light.” But then the program crashed because he was trying to access the ‘light’ property of a NULL universe pointer.”

Geeky. Ugh.

  • “Anything too stupid to be said… is sung.”

And anything even more stupid makes it to your email signature, is it?

  • “Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?”

Clever indeed.

  • “If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?”


And coming up last is:-

  • “Become who you are.”

No. I’ll become Paris Hilton.

Funny for office emails? You bet!


Let me know if you have a funny email signature too and I’ll design a “My email Signature is the Funniest!” badge for you to flaunt on the awards section on your blog. Deal. 🙂


Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author of 2 books. TEDx Speaker. Travel Writer. Blogger. Addicted to Travel & Books. Digital Media Strategist. Social Media Girl. Army Wife. Mom. Curious. Crazy.

41 thoughts on “Email Faux Pas

    Johnny Cigar

    (February 12, 2008 - 2:35 pm)

    a regrettable post in utter bad taste.
    please take it off as soon as you can.
    otherwise, we might be deprived of these fun filled signatures.
    If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans, there would have been no tinkers!

    Adi Crazy

    (February 12, 2008 - 2:38 pm)

    Hey there! I looove signature lines too! But funny lines on official emails??? Hello? And the post – I think it is great!!!*smile* And dont worry about the sig.s becoming extinct, there are enough smart people around, if you know what I mean. 😉


    (February 13, 2008 - 6:03 am)

    lol lol lol ..
    i havnt seen these kinda signatures in official mails till now ..but i want to *taps hard on the floor**.

    you are having a ball made my day *am still laughing*


    (February 13, 2008 - 6:03 am)

    hee hee hee hee–Oh god–that butterfly one was too funny–laughing like a nut reading it and reading your comment about it.:-)


    (February 13, 2008 - 6:03 am)

    my signature is pretty diplomatic. i m just a spectator… enjoying the view !!!

    but one of ma frn has a funny sign – may ur soul rust in piss !!!

    Gaurav Sharma

    (February 13, 2008 - 6:03 am)

    hey…..nicy nice post ….good idea…now i m thinking of some sought of email signature for myself now…by any chance u have seen the legendary C-grade movie Gunda?? [for kind info that movie is 8.5 starer on Online Movie Database website]…this movie will be really helpfull for such signatures….example:
    Mera naam have Potte jo apne baap ke bhi nahi hotte…[yaaaaks…but bloody;))]


    (February 13, 2008 - 7:20 am)

    that was funny!!
    my fave there was “do lipton employees take a coffee break”


    (February 13, 2008 - 9:58 am)

    ek aur yaad aaya. mostly IT companies (i mean, software development companies, not marketing types. software development ones suck !!! 🙁 ) have yahoo messenger and gtalk banned in their offices. my doubt is: IS YAHOO MESSENGER BANNED IN YAHOO! OFFICE !!!!????


    (February 13, 2008 - 12:05 pm)

    Very funny!
    Liked the Butterfly one a lot.


    (February 13, 2008 - 12:20 pm)

    hahaha that was really funny.

    so…did you sleep well? :-p


    (February 13, 2008 - 12:21 pm)

    I want the badge!!!! Design one for me, and I’ll put whatever you say as my sig


    (February 15, 2008 - 6:23 am)

    I find this an okay post, but u sure have better Credits to your name


    (February 15, 2008 - 6:49 am)

    Funny. I dont like having signatures at all, only my contact number and name.


    (February 15, 2008 - 8:43 am)



    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    “No-one suspects the butterfly!” – i guess, this has something to do with Butterfly Effect….!!! use ur brains !!!


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    I “never” put any kind of signatures, be it on my official or personal mail IDs, seems stupid to me.. And now am glad I don’t!! 😉
    Though I don’t mind a badge saying “The cleverest of all for not having any email signature”.. 😉 What say??


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    ah! well… i would prefer it to the funny forwards I get. Atleast, this one doesnt come with a beep!


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    haha… this is a cool post 🙂
    I actually had this “do be do be do” incident with my friends. I didnt know that Socrates actually started this.. hehe
    Cheers! 🙂


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    He he!That was cute 🙂

    Belated Happy Valentine’s dear!


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:09 am)

    Lol..Now that was one truly hilarious post…and i’m still trying to make sense out of the “butterfly” one. Too bad I don’t use any cheeky sign off lines as my e-mail signature otherwise I could’ve tried for that award on offer. 😛


    (February 22, 2008 - 6:44 am)



    (February 22, 2008 - 10:03 am)

    I am thinking of a silly one…will let ya know 😉


    (February 25, 2008 - 2:54 pm)

    lol! nicepost! 😛



    (February 25, 2008 - 2:54 pm)

    hmmm cant put them for office mails!!! they have even policy for those!! for other mails u can!!
    Still i would love to put this one “I don’t mind coming to work, but that eight hour wait to go home is a bitch.”


    (February 25, 2008 - 3:03 pm)

    “I pretend to work here. They pretend to pay me.”

    How about this??



    (February 27, 2008 - 10:49 am)

    why no new posts girl??


    (February 27, 2008 - 10:49 am)

    lol…this was funny!!!


    (February 27, 2008 - 10:49 am)

    coooooooooooool post, where s adi lost ?


    (March 3, 2008 - 10:57 am)

    n now where have u gone? 😛

    And btw what’s the deal with the HDFC ad?? Yeah…my idle mind does all sorta stuff on lazy sundays..but it’s nice to put a face to the blog…n don’t worry, i won’t be stalking, though i’m really tempted 😉 Hope to catch u back soon…tc.


    (March 3, 2008 - 10:58 am)

    The “do be do be do” was awesome :))

    Mansi Trivedi

    (March 5, 2008 - 8:36 am)

    Love the post! 🙂


    (March 10, 2008 - 6:53 am)

    hahaha.. real funny
    i am born inteligent.. but education ruined me (heard this somewer)


    (March 10, 2008 - 6:54 am)

    Mast…Cool !!
    Meanwhile, kindly update the new link to my blog in your blogroll– see you around

    Niyara - Asian Rocxs

    (March 19, 2008 - 5:15 am)

    LOL! thats just brill.

    “And anything even more stupid makes it to your email signature, is it?”

    So true. You should so email back all these people with your comments!


    (March 28, 2008 - 11:18 am)

    hey adi….u thr??? I mean so many days gone…no new post….keee hua??


    (March 29, 2008 - 2:44 pm)

    he he!!

    One cool post

    🙂 lol man


    (March 31, 2008 - 1:00 pm)

    why havent you been writing in???
    i m waiting for lomg for yet another interesting post from your side 🙂


    (April 2, 2008 - 8:05 am)

    bhere are ju!!!


    (April 3, 2008 - 1:17 pm)

    I am sherry and I have started a picture deication thread an my blog

    impressionist has dedicated a picture and a message to you at

    he is waiting for your reply
    take care


    (April 11, 2008 - 10:05 am)

    hey hey there!!! i thot do be do be watever was by our fave dog scooby doo???? *sings*….


    (July 2, 2008 - 10:31 am)

    hey adi,
    do be do be do
    I am here for the first time and this is the second comment… it means this stuff is funny. 🙂

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