Formulaic Email

I really like the “fill-in-the-blank stationery for everyday correspondence” email sending service offered by the Bureau of Communication (hat tip to Mrs. QC). Go there, select a stationery form, fill in the blanks, and send it — all right there on the site.

Here’s an Official Notification of Unscheduled Impairment I started to fill in.

A clever concept, implemented cleverly.

The currently available form types are

  • Official Notification of Unscheduled Impairment
  • Declaration of Romantic Intent
  • Unsolicited Feedback
  • Observance of Holiday
  • Airing of Grievance (good for Festivus)
  • Formal Apology
  • Statement of Gratitude
  • Official Invitation
  • Acknowledgment of Occasion

More types are under development.

It makes me think a little of Mad Libs, but unlike Mad Libs, the bureau’s offerings aren’t just for entertainment.

This concept appeal to my regimented, Capricorn-y (anal?) side.

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