Boss Gloss: The Email Terms You Need To Know


Welcome to Boss Gloss! This is our series focusing on things work-talk. Did your coworker just ask for an RFP? WTF does that mean?! Is your boss a COB and not an OOO person? We've got your back with all of this.

This week we're breaking down all things email. Whether you're just starting out in your field or a seasoned veteran, email terms can always get a little confusing. Jot these down for the next time you have to hit 'reply.' 

Please Advise

This means whoever sent this is looking for a suggestion on what to do next. It's another way of simply saying #help.


The abbreviation for 'let me know.' We figured most of you might've known this one already, but just in case this isn't part of your texting lingo, it also transfers well to email. 


Meaning 'end of day.' This typically refers to any tasks that need to be finished by the time the workday wraps up. 


Out of office might be one of our favorite things to say— sorry, boss! This is the easiest way of letting someone know via email that you won't physically be in the office on a specific date. 


This technically means 'carbon copy,' but what it really means is looping in another person into your email thread. If someone asks you to CC a person on an email, they'd like that person's address added to the 'cc:' field. 


The same thing as above, but a blind carbon copy. However, anyone whose address is in the bcc field will receive messages without anyone else's knowledge. It's essentially sending emails in secret, but a handy tool if you're sending out a mass email message. Anyone in a 'bcc' field won't receive additional messages from anyone who uses the 'reply all' function on a mass chain. 

Per My Last Email

We like to call this the workplace clapback. When someone clearly didn't follow directions or carefully read what you already said, this is the way to go. Per my last email is the nice way of saying, "I just said that."


These are images or files embedded into an email message. People make mention of these in the email body because they're automatically placed at the bottom and often overlooked. 

Circling Back

This is a way of following up with someone to either check on the status of a project or if they haven't answered your initial email yet. 

Just Following Up

See circling back.

Bumping This Up

Sending another message on a chain to bump it back up to the top of someone's inbox. We all know how easy it is to get lost in the daily email shuffle. 


'Close of Business.' This is another way of saying the end of the work day. 

Thanks In Advance

This is a firm way of letting someone know that they have to do something, by thanking them before they've already done it. Now they know it's a priority. 

Any Updates?

If someone has gone missing in action and hasn't provided any updates on an assignment, hit them with this quick question.

Gentle Reminder/Friendly Reminder

A nice way of letting someone know they can't forget whatever you were originally discussing. 

Duly noted, however. 

This means you're acknowledging something, but you have more to say. (i.e. Duly noted, however, this also needs to go through our HR department.)

Moving Forward

Another way of saying 'from now on', usually pertaining to doing things differently.


What industry lingo would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below!


Andrea Navarro