43 Passive Aggressive Email Phrases

15 October 2018

When you spend 40+ hours a week at the office, people are bound to get on your nerves. But even when your colleagues are driving you crazy, you have to stay professional – why is why every office worker ever has thrown shade via email. These passive aggressive email phrases are perfectly petty. They’re polite and get the point across. We’re not saying they’re right, but they usually work!

Chances are, you’ve used or received a bunch of these clapbacks. Here’s what they really mean…

“As per my last email…”

“You idiot. I already answered that question the last time we emailed. Can’t you read?! Or were you just not paying attention? I’m not afraid to go Kimmy K on you if you claim not to remember.”

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“Should you need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

“I’m not sure why you’re having such a hard time grasping this concept, but please, feel free to pester me to explain it again.”

“Sorry to bother you again.”

“I’m really not sorry. Do your job.”


“I’m over 45.”


“I’m pissed off.”

“Kind regards,”

“I didn’t know it was possible to dislike someone this much.”

“Warm regards,”

“I will finish you.”

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TIP: If you want to know whether someone likes you, look at their sign-off. It’s a dead giveaway!

“I’m just cc’ing my colleague.”

“You’re incompetent, and I’m making sure other people are here to witness your huge f-up so I don’t get the blame.”

“I’ve cc’d my boss.”

“This is war.”

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“How can we avoid this in the future?”

“Don’t EVER do that again. And while this politely phrased sentence may sound like I’m willing to brainstorm ways to help you to figure it out, I’m most certainly not.”

“Let me know if you need any assistance with this.”

“Please don’t, under any circumstances, ask for my help.”

“Awaiting your reply.”

“I needed that answer/document/info yesterday, so HURRY UP.”

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“Not sure if you got my email as I haven’t heard back.”

“Why are you ignoring me? What is so important? Also, I am the passive aggressive QUEEN.”

“Any updates on this?”

“What is taking so long?!!! I sent that email four days ago.”

“According to my records/research…”

“I’m looking at the information right now, and I’m 100% right. And I’ll tell you exactly how you’re wrong.”  

“In order to maintain clarity for the client…”

“Stop doing what you’re doing. Just stop. It makes zero sense.”

“Please advise.”

“I’m washing my hands of this responsibility. You caused this chaos – now fix it.”


“Do you even know what you’re talking about? Please get your shit together before wasting more of my time.”

“Just following up on my email below. Let me know if I should be talking to someone else about this? Thanks!”

“For fuck’s sake, point me in the direction of someone who can actually help me.”

“As discussed…”

“Do you have the memory of a goldfish? I don’t want to have this convers