Revert does not mean Reply

Revert does not mean Reply
August 15, 2016 Yeside Garrick

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I wonder how this started trending?

“This is to acknowledge that your email has been duly received. I will revert as soon as I discuss with my team.”

The mix up of the words “reply” and “revert” has got to be one of the most popular error people in the corporate world make. What is even more baffling is to receive such messages from people you believe should know better.

We made a LinkedIn post and we were amazed at the reaction we got. Apparently, we are not the only ones worried about this almost unforgivable blunder.

To revert means to undo or to restore something back to it’s previous state.

“Call Mike and tell him to revert the changes he made on the project.”

I try to assume that the idea behind the use of that word is simply that people feel “reply” is a little bit overused – which I don’t think it is. Well, even if it is, it doesn’t take so much for anyone to look up synonyms of “reply” online. That is what I do when I think a word has been overused and I want to sound a lot more professional.

There are better ways of presenting the expression.

For example: I have received the email, I will…

  • get back…
  • respond…
  • provide feedback…
  • give a response…
  • send an answer…

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In a bid to update our vocabulary, let us search the right places for inspiration.

  • Saminu Eedris 1 year ago

    Wow! So sad it’s been trending for long, I have no one to blame but Boss @xekushuna:disqus sure do! 😀

  • Ebube Okechukwu 1 year ago

    hayy God! We are all guilty

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