why do bankers over use dashes in emails

Almost every email send by bankers have dashes in them and they're used incorrectly almost 90% of the time. What's the obsession with dashes lol

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Aug 1, 2020 - 11:19pm
Intern in IB-M&A:

they're used incorrectly almost 90% of the time.

Say that to their face.


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Aug 2, 2020 - 12:46am

Dashes have more prestige than commas but are less pretentious than colons.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 1:22am

wb this one 8=>

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 2, 2020 - 5:05am

Nobody at my bank seems to know the difference between a dash, en dash or em dash.

To not obfuscate people I'm forced to use dashes when I just want to flex on them with em dashes-such a shame.

Aug 2, 2020 - 10:45pm

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Aug 2, 2020 - 11:01pm

Wait liberal arts background here. Isn't it generally agreed upon that the em dash is generally known to NOT have a particular correct usage? As long as it sets off an unessential modifier and the rest of the sentence is able to standalone, the em dash is considered fine.

But I agree. The em dash is vastly overused.

  • Intern in HF - RelVal
Aug 2, 2020 - 11:10pm

You're totally right. Was waiting for someone to say this. As long as everything before it is a legitimate sentence, anything goes for after the em dash.

Aug 2, 2020 - 11:21pm

Dawg - gotta utilize those dashes - easier than using proper grammar. Not even being sarcastic.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 2, 2020 - 11:48pm

Finance major here - I like them in networking emails instead of using periods so I feel better about having less sentences.

If I use a period every time then bankers will see 6-7 sentences instead of 3-4 lol.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 5, 2020 - 3:29pm

I get a 60-70% response rate to first-time cold emails (non-alumni) so I'm doing something right. There's a lot of psychology that goes into written communication and small changes like the number of sentences in an email can really improve your hit rate - whether it makes sense objectively or not. You should consider using less offensive adjectives.

Aug 6, 2020 - 12:58pm
Prospect in IB-M&A:

Finance major here - I like them in networking emails instead of using periods so I feel better about having less sentences.

If I use a period every time then bankers will see 6-7 sentences instead of 3-4 lol.

After reading this, I processed it and it sorta makes sense tbh

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:12am

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Aug 3, 2020 - 1:15pm

When there's a grammatical error in your post about grammatical errors.

But really - I use a dash when I have no idea what kind of punctuation to use. Double dash is way too aggressive

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:20pm

This is still a lot less annoying than boomers who incorrectly overuse ellipsis/trailing dots. When I first started working, I got an email from my director that looked like this:

"Hey {insert first name} ...

Thx... Great work on this ... let's circle together on this tomorrow morning..."

I thought he was being passive aggressive and hated the work I did and hated my guts because of all the ellipsis. Slowly realized the dude had no idea how to use punctuation

Aug 3, 2020 - 2:37pm

not sure- I enjoy using dashes to break up text to have it read in a similar cadence to how I'd speak. Dash carries a different meaning than comma though. you don't use a dash without two separate ideas. I've used this for years in personal conversations before finance though

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
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