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Over the years, I have received more and more email that I simply don't know how to respond to. Sometimes there are messages with so many letter missing that it's like playing Wheel of Fortune. Occasionally, sincerely, I truly can not tell what the person is saying.

Some emails include a tiny photo of a watch that is so bad that, without exaggeration, one would not guess it was a watch without the context that it was sent to me.

Today I received not one but two emails with nothing but a single word in the subject line, and no message body at all. These aren't spam. The sender is attempting an inquiry.

I don't have any sort of strong blanket objection to internet/SMS speak, in general. And I try to respond to these messages. But if one is writing to a stranger, in a professional or business context, it might be desirable to be understood, right? Using sentences would be a good start.
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