“Do the needful” and “kindly revert back with the same” still in use 🤔

Amazon f5u7j9
Apr 3, 2018 49 Comments

It’s well established that these phrases lead to negative perception of the people who use them. They’re associated (whether justified or not) with incompetence and certain racist undertones. Why are they still widely in use among Indian English speakers? You’d think people would learn to stop using phrases that they know won’t get a positive reaction to avoid reactions that aren’t related to the task at hand. Or maybe they really just don’t know...

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  • Microsoft kmuD53
    Why the fuck do I still end alll my emails with thanks

    I’m not even thanking them in most cases!!!!!
    Apr 3, 2018 4
    • Microsoft Godh16
      Lol

      Thanks
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng kll
      it’s manner - Kingsmen
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      ogf8tf

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      ogf8tfmore
      Manners maketh men! :-)
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Return to Your Power 1username
      Good point.

      Very Truly Yours,

      1username
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon HexBag
    Let's stop it with "very less" while we're at it.
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon Work Bae
    All I had to read was “do the needful” and knew this was Amazon! 😂
    Apr 3, 2018 2
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      You have the best fucking name ever 💀💀💀
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Amazon Work Bae
      Thanks love! 😍❤️
      Apr 3, 2018
  • Facebook
    plim

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    plimmore
    Are you pressurizing me into conforming?
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Twitch DingleBell
    "They're associated ... with incompetence ... You'd think people would learn to stop using phrases that they know won't get a positive reaction"

    Believe it or not, that's how I think about "y'all" in an educated workplace.
    Apr 3, 2018 1
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      When OP hears phrases that don’t make sense to HIM, it’s because those phrases are associated with incompetence.

      Definitely not because they mean something in another region (that happens to know English).
      Apr 3, 2018
  • Intel NVǀDǀA
    Hold on I'm on my telephonic screen.
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Nudibranch
    White dude totally used "revert with the same" in an email yesterday. I say go with it, no worse than emoji or 1337.
    Apr 4, 2018 2
    • Amazon f5u7j9
      OP
      He was probably trolling.
      Apr 4, 2018
    • DXC Technology / Eng
      TlKp11

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      Gotta stand strong with our brown brothers
      Apr 6, 2018
  • Credit Karma Johmy
    If there are “racist undertones” from people reading this, that sounds like it’s the reader’s problem.

    I’d rather read “do the needful” than deal with the corporate jargon double-speak people use when they are trying to make a weak idea seem more weighty.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Ujhy23
    Is do the needful that bad? I use it when I want to avoid telling the other party how to do their job and getting held liable when they do it wrong
    Apr 3, 2018 3
    • Google feral
      LOL @Oohayy
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Amazon Ujhy23
      Do your fucking job!
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 20% raise
      needful isn't a word.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Oracle bl9501
    Please add "dint" to the list
    Apr 3, 2018 2
    • New / Eng whyy
      Similar to DWORD, double int?
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      git_merge

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      git_mergemore
      @whyy is udint an unsigned double int? 😂😂
      Apr 4, 2018
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    • Intel punyHuman
      “Your input is appreciated” - not good??
      Apr 3, 2018
    • Yelp overmind
      That's fine I dunno what this person is talking about
      Apr 3, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    git_merge

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    git_mergemore
    I hail from India but never worked there.. I guess if someone works there for a period, all these sentences appear in their regular emails. Also I hate 'kindly'.. Kindly revert back 😂
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Godh16
    Please add double click too
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng imstupid
    Some very successful people use these phrases. Just sayin
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft wololoooo
    Wtf, who says "revert" to mean reply? I've never seen this in my entire life, email or otherwise. I'm not a native English speaker but it sounds just wrong. I don't get it...
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • New / Eng whyy
      Sign up for job board account and read couple of first emails you get.
      Apr 5, 2018
  • Cisco / QA blindguide
    As an Indian on the easy coast who works with a lot of Europeans, every Indian should immediately stop using these ridiculous phrases. A Belgian colleague i was friendly enough to joke around with mentioned that it grated on him and everyone he knows and it is grammatical nonsense - especially the revert back crap. I think everyone who uses this is oblivious and uses them reflexively similar to “thanks and regards” or “best regards”.

    Just stop using these phrases.
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Cisco secrets
    So true, hearing or reading thosr phrases makes me cringe.
    May 27, 2018 0
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    DDM2Kmore
    “They’re associated (whether justified or not) with incompetence and certain racist undertones.”

    “Why are they still widely in use among Indian English speakers? You’d think people would learn to stop using phrases that they know won’t get a positive reaction to avoid reactions that aren’t related to the task at hand.”

    🧐
    Apr 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Facts
    They didn't get the memo?
    Apr 3, 2018 0

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