Don’t Ridicule Or Mock In Writing. Or This Could Happen.

Thinking about mocking or insulting a colleague or friend in an email? Read this first.

Doesn’t matter that your written communication is private. Doesn’t matter that you trust your recipient. “Private” documents/emails/texts/instant messages find their way into the public. So…

Never mock, insult or ridicule friends, colleagues, supervisors — anyone — in writing.

Mistakes happen, like this one, where a private communication can end a career.

About the Author

Robbie Hyman is a professional communications and public affairs writer. He has 15 years’ experience writing for nonprofits, small business and multibillion-dollar international organizations and is available as a freelance writer for federal agencies.

Robbie has written thousands of pages of content, including white papers, speeches, published articles, reports, manuals, newsletters, video scripts, advertisements, technical document and other materials. He is also co-founder of, an online course that teaches smart money habits to teenagers.