It wasn’t that profane. It was ONE WORD profane, and it was an accidental word. But when I work at arguably the most conservative Christian school in the country…it was kind of embarrassing.
I didn’t even notice it, and I always preach to my students about the importance of proofreading. I remembered to proofread the e-mail itself, but clearly I forgot to proofread the greeting. Therefore I sent it, and my e-mail started like this:
I didn’t even notice it until I got a one line e-mail back that said, “Hey! Watch your language!!!!” It also included an angry emoji.
People – I can’t even wear nail polish at this school. I have to wear skirts everyday. None of my students have televisions at home. I can’t say, “Oh my goodness” because that is too profane. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. And, in that community, I just started an e-mail to my boss with the line “Hell Tom.”
I’m pretty sure a past version of me would have immediately freaked out that I was going to be fired and that this mistake was the end of the world, but the current version of me started laughing. That’s such a duuuummmmb mistake, but clearly I meant “hello.” I can’t get in trouble for anything other than being a poor proofreader (in which case, guilty as charged). I also figured the fact that he included an emoji in his response meant that his e-mail was joking (and it was). I don’t think my boss has ever used emojis, ever. Or swear words, come to think of it. I sent back a quick apology and moved on.
Honestly, I would love to use this as an example of the importance of proofreading to my students, but that would include the word “hell” and would probably get me fired. Alas. For my readers who are teachers, go ahead and steal that example if your school isn’t as conservative as mine.
Words I will make sure to proofread very closely from now on:
Phewf! Lesson learned (the hard way). Proofread your e-mails, folks.