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‘Per my last email’: Viral TikTok shows how to say ‘F.U.’ in the corporate world

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jul 15, 2021 9:07 pm

Have you ever received a work message so polite it almost felt like a thinly-veiled insult? If so, then this TikTok trend is probably for you.

TikTok user Jenna Hushka (@jennahushka) first asked via Instagram Stories how people in the corporate world subtly say "F.U." to their coworkers. With the outpouring of answers, she proceeded to share her findings via TikTok.

"These responses were kind of concerning. So let me share my favorites," she narrated.

Hushka's scalding examples include:

  • "Help me understand."
  • "If you're still unsure, don't hesitate to reach out."
  • "Hello, ______"
  • "Let me take a step back and provide you with some background."
  • And the ever-famous: "Per my aforementioned email."

@jennahushka

These are too good ?? buckle up. ##corporatetiktok ##corporateamerica

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The video has since garnered 2 million views, with Hushka posting a part two due to popular demand, promising to her 76k followers to "ask and I shall deliver."

Her second video includes more heart-racing lines such as:

  • "Thank you for the effort, but..."
  • "I'd love to see you take initiative on this."
  • "Could you elaborate on how that specifically solves for...?"
  • "Gentle reminder."
  • "As I told *your boss*, cc'd"
@jennahushka

Reply to @jls.reyes everyone is savage and I love it. KEEP EM COMING ##corporatetiktok ##corporateamerica

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She's since asked her followers to like and comment if they want another addition to the series. With the second video gaining over 5,000 likes and 26.5k views, a part 3 is likely coming soon.

What other corporate jargon has left your blood boiling?