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Too Bad This Offer Isn’t Genuine


I received the following email:

Dear Friend ,


If this message intrude into your privacy or cause you any 
inconvenience, I sincerely apologize as that's not the intended 
purpose.

I am one of the senior staff of Emirates Development Bank, here 
in ABU DHABI, UAE. We have an amount of money to the tune of five 
hundred million United State dollars (US$500,000.000.) only, 
floating in our Bank that we can re-profile for our mutual 
benefit, if you agree to cooperate with me. This is just between 
You and me, and we can split the fund in the ratio of 50/50%, as 
I do not want to be greedy. You will be the recipient and I will 
show you how we can execute the transaction successfully. There 
is no risk involved and it will be a hitch-free transaction.

If you want to work with me, kindly indicate your interest to do 
so and I will give you the details. This is strictly confidential 
and must not be disclosed to a third party please. For further 
correspondence, Kindly and urgently reply to my private email as 
follows: 

fahiim.abdul@gmail.com

My Regards,

Abdul Al Fahim

This couldn’t come at a more frustrating time. I’m having money problems, so I really wish there was somebody out there willing to share $500 million dollars. But I know it’s not the case because I don’t believe anybody really reaches out randomly on a email list. Plus, I think what he’s asking to do, split money that seems to belong to the bank, is criminal.

Besides:

  1. There’s a space after the comma in the greeting.
  2. There’s a bad space in the first paragraph.
  3. Nobody who speaks English as a first language would write “$500,000.000.”
  4. The name of the country is United States.
  5. There’s a space missing between “US” and the dollar amount.
  6. “You” is improperly capitalized.
  7. Nobody who speaks English as a first language would write “50/50%.”
  8. There’s a bad break in the last paragraph, making me think that there should have been a period after “confidential.”
  9. “Kindly” is improperly capitalized.

Also, please, nobody contact that email address.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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Do You Live in a State or a Commonwealth?


There are 50 states, but four commonwealths.

“Huh?” you ask. “What’s a commonwealth?”

My dictionary defines commonwealth as “a nation, state or other political unit in which supreme authority rests with the people.” In other words, it’s a state.

In the U.S., the states of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky call themselves commonwealths.

According to mentalfloss.com, the reason these four don’t stick with state goes back to the early days of the republic. Knowing a commonwealth isn’t a monarchy, MA, PA and VA wanted to make it clear that their form of government won’t be similar to England’s.

As for KY, I again refer to mentalfloss.com: Kentucky began as a giant western county of Virginia. Before that, it was called Transylvania (and you thought Dracula was European!). When Kentucky became a state, it kept the “commonwealth” moniker.

So, remember to refer to these four states as commonwealths in future writings.

I hope this post doesn’t leave anyone in a state of confusion.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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