Things Bankers say in emails

Investment Bankers have a secret way of communicating with one another. Whether it's a discreet nod or those matching Ferragamo shoes/ties, bankers have a fraternal pact with one another that everyone outside the industry just wouldn't understand.

However, you'll soon realize not only is there a lot of group think going on, but everyone likes to use the same jargon.

From MD's to Analysts, here we go:

"Let's add some color"
"Stet"
"Need more thought"
"Can we beef this up?"
"thanks"
"thx"
"tx"
"thank you for your hard work"
"thanks for pulling a late night"
"ETA?"
"Guys, what's the timing on this?"
"Hey, how's it going?"
"How are we doing?"
"Let me opine on this"
"Let me give you some thoughts"
"Comments are coming shortly"
"?"
"???"
"!!!"
"increase the multiples"
"pls"
"make sense?"
"will do"
"sounds good"
"need more"
"more"
" :)"
"can we make these boxes rounder?"
"i don't love it"
"i don't hate it"
"pls fix"

Mod Note (Andy): One of the posts of 2017 that have the most views .

Comments (146)

Aug 8, 2017

always using hyphens - because it's cool

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Aug 12, 2017

The double hyphen was passed down to me from my senior banker, and someday I'll do the same to some pos pledge.

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Jan 18, 2018

:)

Aug 8, 2017

Someone started a thread on jargon a few months ago that was very good. The absolute worst is the "thx" in my opinion.

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Aug 8, 2017

https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/bankisms
This also reminded me of that troll email someone put on here mocking the use of these phrases

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Aug 8, 2017

Thanks for the link!

Or should that be "thx"?

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Aug 8, 2017

I really cant stand 'tks' either. It's a race to the bottom between those two.

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Aug 8, 2017

tx

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Aug 11, 2017

The ultimate douchebag way

Aug 9, 2017

tks is WAY worse than thx.....who abbreviates thanks as anything else (if you even abbreviate it to begin with)!!

Aug 8, 2017

"Can we massage these numbers?"

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Aug 8, 2017

lmaooooooo

Aug 12, 2017

lmaooooooo brooooooooo

Aug 8, 2017

I wouldn't ever put that in an email. It's discoverable...

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Aug 8, 2017
FellowTraveler:

I wouldn't ever put that in an email. It's discoverable...

This guy gets it.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'

Aug 8, 2017

Best one I ever received was the following: "Make Better."

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Aug 8, 2017

hahaha the brevity is hilarious.
I once had a VP review my pitch book, and he scribbled "Shit" across the pages of 5-6 slides.

"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."

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Aug 8, 2017

On the flip side, one of the founders of my shop replies 'looks good' to every deck he "reviews."

Aug 9, 2017

Between that and the 100+ consecutive subject-line-only emails with comments, pretty much summarizes a VP in my group.

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Aug 8, 2017

Missing a common one... "WTF"

Aug 8, 2017

In my view, most of these are accurate comments.

What's your view on this, Jake?

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Aug 8, 2017

Jake: I'm signed off

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Aug 8, 2017

Me: [Long email with several open ended, multi-point questions]
MD: "Yes."

TF????

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Aug 8, 2017

Hahahaha. I had a VP like that. Best was, "Sil, your emails are too long. I never read them."

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Aug 8, 2017
Sil:

Hahahaha. I had a VP like that. Best was, "Sil, your emails are too long. I never read them."

I'm the VP that doesn't read them.

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Aug 11, 2017

you should be boris the bullet dodger then

Aug 11, 2017

Luz, I'm feeling terrible myself.

Lawyer turned VC, turned banker, turned VC and never leaving again.

Aug 8, 2017

Managing Directors... who don't understand... the use of an ellipses...

"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."

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Aug 8, 2017

...That is so true!

Best Response
Aug 8, 2017

It's a slow day at work, so let me me share some of my favorites:

  • thx
  • pls print 30 copies thx
  • print bind bring to house thx
  • wtf pls check
  • this cannot be right. alex the associate, pls check thx
  • [forwards me a request for a pitch on a Sunday] sorry meant to send on friday.....eta?
  • pitch went well thx
  • i'm in movement pls ask vp thx
  • [emails me ten minutes after the Intralinks alert went out] has this been uploaded yet? thx
  • pls swing by thx
  • buyer cannot log into vdr pls help thx
  • pls pdf and print 10 copies
  • [in response to above] nvm make that 20 thx
  • [in response to above] stet 10 thx
  • [in response to above] I wanted 20.....why did you only print 10?
  • [two seconds after emailing above] hello?
  • hate to crash your weekend but need asap thx.....eta?
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Aug 8, 2017

lmaoooo +1

"Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman." -- George Soros

Aug 9, 2017

lol at swing by. Can't believe I forgot that one

Dec 29, 2017

the intralinks one hits too close to home

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Aug 8, 2017

When I was desperately trying to break into the industry, get coffee, land a phone call, make a friend, or talk to the guy so he could help me out, and gave him my cell so we could talk.

"Thanks for your interest. I've forwarded your email to our recruiting team."

We're not lawyers. We're investment bankers. We didn't go to Harvard. We Went to Wharton!

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Aug 8, 2017

haha so many dudes be like this

Aug 8, 2017

real talk I've had this happen to me at a boutique that's pretty heavy on meritocracy. Being from a non-core school (target for BBs though) any chance this could help in the recruiting process?

Aug 8, 2017

"You serious??"

Aug 8, 2017

"Format better"

Aug 8, 2017

"Don't burn the midnight oil on this one, but could you please adjust per the comments in the attached?"

Received at 9 pm.

"Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman." -- George Soros

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Aug 8, 2017

Once I got an email signed off as
Rgds,
MD

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Aug 8, 2017

Now that's just lazy lmaoo

Aug 9, 2017

Rgds,
"BSD"

P.S. "BSD"

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Aug 9, 2017

Hahaha that's hilarious

Aug 12, 2017

Chrs,

MD

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Aug 9, 2017

"This slide is poor"

Aug 9, 2017

let's close the loop here

Aug 9, 2017

Subject Line: need

Body: artcle from wsj or maybe nyt on papr pckging indstry from lst mnth

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Aug 11, 2017

deleted

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Aug 9, 2017
Yasuke:

sry for the monkey shit, legit accident... lol

Subject: NP

Body: let's tick/tie all the numbers again to cover our bases. try to pay more attn to detail going fwd.

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Aug 9, 2017

I don't even know what this means.

"Elections are a futures market for stolen property"

Aug 11, 2017

Some of these are nothing compared to what I've read.

One of the associates asked me what my "bandwidth" was. Fucking blood pressure shot through the roof when the associate said that and I told the fucker I was too busy cause it pissed me off that much.

Also, I hate when people say "please advise" or "kindly" in their e-mails.

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Aug 9, 2017

lol you're gonna have a bad time. You got asked what your bandwidth was? Pro tip: usually no ones gives a sht so if they ask, that's pretty good. Also, you got the full please. That's about as close to a hug as you're gonna get in IB.

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Aug 9, 2017

Bandwith? what is that?

Aug 10, 2017

whether or not you have capacity. no bandwidth = too busy to take on new work

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Aug 11, 2017
Dec 30, 2017

It seems as if this gem went unnoticed which is truly too bad. Could be a thread all on its own.

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Jan 3, 2018

I totally agree -- this is a true artifact of classic Wall Street. You're welcome to do the honors.

Aug 11, 2017
JuiceIsLoose:

Also, I hate when people say "please advise" or "kindly" in their e-mails.

Please advise is the absolute worst. How do people still think this is acceptable? Just ask the damn question, there's no need for the extreme passive aggression.

Aug 9, 2017

Subject line: NOT GOOD

Body of email: Picture of mistake in deck highlighted in yellow

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Dec 29, 2017

Had an SVP once who didn't even highlight the mistake and then expected me to find it. If I didn't email back within a few minutes, I'd get a call asking me why I haven't found the mistake yet.

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Aug 9, 2017

"Stephanie told HR."

We're not lawyers. We're investment bankers. We didn't go to Harvard. We Went to Wharton!

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Aug 11, 2017

Hidden gold in this thread

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Aug 9, 2017

Goldman emails during the crisis are here.

"Boy that timberwolf was one shitty deal."

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/W...

We're not lawyers. We're investment bankers. We didn't go to Harvard. We Went to Wharton!

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Jan 22, 2018

Those guys were ruthless.

Aug 9, 2017

9pm: SVP: "Not for tonight, but please turn around in 24-36 hours"
9am (following morning): SVP: "Where are we with this?"

Aug 9, 2017

"pls show client resurgence in industry"
"get creative this isn't a science"
"wtf ER put a sell rating on our client"
"get that guy back from vacation"

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Aug 9, 2017

Can we make these boxes rounder?

Oh my God, this sentence sums up the analyst years like no other...

Aug 9, 2017

A new one i heard going around is... "i'm pregnant with this problem" or "don't want to get pregnant with this"

Always thought it could lead to HR problems....

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Aug 11, 2017

If someone said something dumb on a call my former vp used to say: "that is a half pregnant idea."

26 Broadway
where's your sense of humor?

Aug 9, 2017

??

Aug 9, 2017

Surprised no "Take a cut/crack at this"

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Aug 10, 2017

md: use format on sheet x for other peers
me: could you clarify what exactly you want reformatted? (only other sheet is identical to sheet x)
md: let's see if you have an eye for details

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Aug 10, 2017

let's discuss live/let's take this offline

Aug 10, 2017

Intern: "So you want me to pull all the precedents from 50 companies in the industrials space by tonight?"

MD: "Y"

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Aug 11, 2017

"Boarding in 5"

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

See my Blog & AMA

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Aug 17, 2017

haha

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

Aug 11, 2017

Didn't read all of the comments so maybe someone else said this already but here's my sarcastic take on this:

Ahhh yes, Investment Bankers own the crazy jargon of "thanks"

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Aug 11, 2017

Boy spread is tight

Aug 11, 2017

"Hey"
"Hey?"
"Hey????"
"So and so rang the bell."

Aug 11, 2017

"LFF"...Let the fucker fly
Not quite IB, more like HF

Aug 11, 2017

"Don't stay up all night working on this, just have it ready first thing tomorrow morning"...

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Jan 10, 2018

I could rattle these off endlessly: "Have this on my desk tomorrow morning so I can take a look at it next week;" "Please add back the commas I told you to erase;" "Take your name of the pitchbook and replace it with mine."

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Jan 16, 2018

I just shivered reading these.

Aug 11, 2017

Recovering VP (moved to buy side). A few additions:

"Make the trains run on time"
"Add some sizzle"
"Add some meat"
"This is a great first effort" or "I think we are there directionally" (after the poor analyst/associate has been slaving away for days)

Lawyer turned VC, turned banker, turned VC and never leaving again.

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Aug 11, 2017

Subject: "Hurry your ass up"

Aug 11, 2017

Appreciating that everyone has very little capacity right now, could someone please revert on this ASAP? Thx.

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Dec 29, 2017

Love it. Also got this around the holidays: "I know everyone has been very busy this year, so I want you to take a few days off to spend some quality time with your families." and then proceed to shit all over your holidays with work.

Aug 11, 2017

I had an MD that would forward first drafts of presentations to clients.

Me: "[MD], please see attached for first draft of the deck for Friday. Please let me know your comments"
[MD]: Forwards to CEO of client company "[CEO], here's our deck for Friday's meeting"

This would happen literally after I threw together a deck by myself in 2-3 days. I learned quickly to print and hand deliver drafts to the MD rather than sending him a pdf...

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Aug 11, 2017

"No"

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Aug 13, 2017

Oh boy, reading these totally adds fuel to the fire for my recruiting journey out of banking. To those who moved on, how traumatic was the first email you received in PE/HF/VC/etc. that contained one of these gems.."thx"

(Subject line only) "Where are we on the CIM. Thx"

Not sure if its been picked up but the general false sense of urgency for EVERYTHING - especially when said pitch/call isn't for another week:
"can we pls send ASAP"
"would like to see a turn ASAP"
"can u pls run this to ground ASAP"

"pls chase. thx"
(after incessantly chasing MDs for 36 hours straight on comments/sign off - comes back 2 hrs before printing deadline)
"OK - can we pls see if we have [insert most obscure comp set known to man]"
"Just sent a few nits to [insert VP name].thx all" (DUDE Im the one turning these comments - send them to ME or REPLY ALL)

and lastly, the dreaded "back pocket" request (typically coming from a VP trying to "add value")
"lets have these few pages for [MD] just for back pocket purposes only'

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Aug 13, 2017

One of my favorites that happened recently - not so much a quote, but rather the small things that make you tick.

My MD is emailing another group. Other group analyst requests a file from my MD.
MD emails me saying "plz forward to [other group analyst] - file attached"

....................................think about this for a second. In the time it took to find the file and email me, he could have just forwarded the damn thing to the analyst himself, but he added the extra step so show he has a slave in the corner ready to bend over at will.

A very rare one I get is "Good man"
God it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside

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Aug 13, 2017

+1!

Also hate when my boss's boss sends a request addressed to me, CC'ing my boss, and my boss then forwards the same email to me, saying, "Please do x for boss, thx." No fucking shit.

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Aug 16, 2017

Ego purposes.

MD doesn't want to feel he is at the hands of another Analyst and giving in to his demands. Plus, if the MD sends it and the Analyst has questions, he'll probably direct it at the MD instead of you.

Aug 13, 2017

While we're on the topic of emails - do you guys have 1 or 2 MDs which absolutely refuse to acknowledge email chains or specific emails directed at them to comment / sign off?

You'll have an email thread with the entire deal team on it, clearly labeled with the client or Project Name, with like a near final version of the deck being shot around (presumably a "_v25" at this point) and the guy one-offs the VP with a subject line email "when can i see a draft of the deck?"......then this is always the same guy who you have to hound and follow up with like 5 times to review and sign off..

Aug 13, 2017

"rewrite"
"thnx"
"more meat"
"make sense?"

Aug 13, 2017

Friday 3 PM: "Don't work on this over the weekend but would like to see a first turn Monday afternoon. Thx."

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Aug 14, 2017

LDL, the only acronym to actually be useful.

Aug 16, 2017

'This value isn't high enough, add some synergies to the proforma'
'Let's add some sensitivity analysis'

Aug 23, 2017

"Comments need to be crisp"

Dec 29, 2017

From: Boss
To: me (first time seeing it)
Subject: "fwd: urgent matter deadline of (nearly a week ago at this point)"
Body: "did u fnsh ths?"

From: Boss
To: Boss's Boss
CC: (jk, there was no CC)
Subject: urgent matter deadline of (next day)
Body:
(me) will get it to you by EOD.
(me), please provide to (boss's boss) by EOD.
thx

From: Boss's boss
To: Boss
Subject: urgent matter deadline of (next day)
Body: (extremely detailed request likely requiring several hours of work)

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Dec 29, 2017

There is one VP that has responded on multiple occasions "looks good", and the attachment wasn't even in the email.

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Dec 29, 2017

Didn't see these above:

-"open the kimono"
-"really drill down on this"
-"let's see the quick and dirty"
-"where are we on this??" (When the draft has been sitting with them for 24+ hours)

"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
-Twain

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Dec 29, 2017

Had a banker who loved the "open the kimono" and "peek under the dress/skirt" lines. Complete weirdo too.

Dec 30, 2017

Yeah those ones are always weird. One of mine who loves those types expressions literally has portraits of himself hanging in his office, and they're not even on the "visitor" side of his desk - I think he enjoys looking at his own portraits every day...

"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
-Twain

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Dec 30, 2017

You forgot one of the most common (and annoying for analysts) - 'FYI'

New Friday 5pm staffing email from your associate? He forwards you and simply writes 'FYI'

Save down NDAs, update call logs? Forward you the email, 'FYI'

and others

Float like a butterfly, sting like the bee.

Dec 30, 2017
  • ...
  • This should be a 5 minute process. What's taking so long?
  • I guess I'm just confused
  • Just knock this out when you get a chance
  • This will be a slow burn
  • You need to stay 100% on top of this diligence. No slip ups. I want you to know [client's name] like it's the back of your hand
Dec 31, 2017

Brilliant - I would say 92-94% of this applies to me

Dec 31, 2017

Particularly this one

Me: [Long email with several open ended, multi-point questions]
MD: "Yes."

Jan 22, 2018

Other helpful replies:
1. MD: "ok"
2. MD: [no reply]

Dec 31, 2017

The Saturday morning forward: "can u take a crack at this? rly appreciate it thx bud"

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Jan 9, 2018

"no rush. Let's catch up first thing Monday AM. Enjoy the weekend"

There's a closer meaning to my user name. Try reading it quickly. Perhaps you will then understand ;P

Jan 9, 2018

Thx can i get some additional color?

Jan 16, 2018

FYI, Rgds and Thx are the only things my MD ever says to me in emails haha

Ignore my Title and Industry - I can't seem to change it under 'Edit Profile' lol

Jan 18, 2018

Verbatim email I received last Friday night (note: my name isn't Julianne and my name is only all over his inbox on emails and in my signature):
"Julianne -
Plans tn? Hope not - c attd. shouldn't take whole wkd...but might. Txt eta - signing off now.

KB -
Ck wk.

T.Y.,
- PKP"

Jan 18, 2018

This is brutal

Ignore my Title and Industry - I can't seem to change it under 'Edit Profile' lol

Jan 18, 2018

"bake in these numbers for me"

Jan 22, 2018

Bored, thought I'd echo some of these contributions. The more senior the person is, the worse the spelling / abbreviations are.

Thx
FYI
Rgds
Pls fix
ETA pls?
Not bad
Pls take a crack at this
Needs more meat pls
Lets see what you can find
Pls fwd to (different) VP thx
Wtf why are numbers so shit?
Pls see attached (no file is attached)
Swing by my office and lets chat about this
Will be ok as a very rough draft for now, circulate to (bankers)
Good job, let's touch base tomorrow (tomorrow - wtf did you do here!?)

Ignore my Title and Industry - I can't seem to change it under 'Edit Profile' lol

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Jan 23, 2018
  • Edits are half finished thoughts that trail off...
  • Attaches the wrong file(s) to base work off of... only to receive it after it's all done
  • MD provides details on pages he wants. VP changes it up, gets reamed by MD (what you had was what he wanted). VP apologizes with "we're sorry, we'll fix it"
Jan 22, 2018

STET is editing vernacular that has been adopted by bankers. Not really a banker thing. Thx

Jan 22, 2018

this doesn't only happen in IB btw

let's see Paul Allen's card

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Jan 23, 2018

Shouldn't take that long.

"Anything less than the best is a felony"