What is with the "..." in business communications

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This may be a very zoomer question, but what is with people (specifically older people) using "..." between like every sentence in business emails/other text communication?? Is there any reason to why this is a thing or is it just how things are for no apparent reason? When an email ends in "..." I feel like I did/asked something wrong/stupid but they are telling me subliminally, does that make sense?

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Oct 7, 2019

It's a generational thing. They don't mean it how you or I would interpret it. They also don't know how to open the PDF you attached.

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Oct 7, 2019

It often times is meant to clue readers into something between the lines. People are clued into not writing things down that could be later used against them.

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Oct 8, 2019

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Made me laugh out loud. Glad to see someone else share this experience - nothing makes me more confused/anxious than those ellipses haha

And to the guy above who said it's used for covering one's own ass by not leaving a digital record - idk man that doesn't really fit the context for the types of emails I've gotten

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Oct 8, 2019

It means Eclipse in basic written communication. It mentions that the sentence or thoughts will continue.

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Oct 8, 2019

You mean ellipsis Hahahaha eclipse

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Oct 8, 2019

What an interesting post...

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Oct 8, 2019

I've learned to accept if someone over 30/35 or so uses "..." it probably just means they paused as they were thinking and nothing else. If I text my mom and tell my flight landed or something she'll respond "k...thx for letting me know..." and she's not trying to say anything subliminal

Oct 8, 2019

I think you mean 50+

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Oct 8, 2019

hey man give that guy a break, maybe he's from a small town or something lol

I have a friend whose grandma was 27 when he was born

Oct 9, 2019

Yeah, I reckon that's more accurate....

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Oct 8, 2019

It's a Boomer thing...

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Oct 8, 2019

This. My father does it as well all the time

Oct 8, 2019

Also by those of use straddling the millenial/gen x line...

Oct 8, 2019

I use it when I'm frustrated or disappointed with an employee. My favorite is a question mark subject line and then I'll paste in something stupid I saw them do and just do a, "...?"

Oct 8, 2019

The "..." is like when you are on a conference call and you hit mute on your mic to talk about how stupid the other participants are.

Oct 11, 2019

YES

Always wondered the same, still throws me off

Oct 14, 2019
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