Having both sent and received communications with the phrase "please be informed," I've come to the conclusion that it is never followed by good cheer, at least in my industry. You never get "please be informed that my client has agreed to your settlement demand" or "please be informed that we will be dropping the money laundering charges against your client." I've used it three times in the last year to tell people that their demands to my clients violated state and federal extortion laws. Is it easier to unload unpleasant sentiments in detached-sounding terms? Or is it that the awkward grammar twists the knife a little? Further study is warranted.
Also, in 2008 I have now twice encountered a phrase that is fast becoming a most-hated — "conduct yourself accordingly," in both instances at the end of a threatening letter. I did conduct myself accordingly, in that I spent about 50% more time making the response letter that much more vicious.
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