Jules, this one’s for you.
Today’s email brings a polite little note on behalf of an agency to which I offered my grant writing skills. Seems they’re having trouble making a decision, and it will be a few more weeks before they do. Apologizing for the unanticipated delay, the note begs my patience, requesting only that if I become unavailable, please let them know. The note, signed by an attorney who identifies herself as the Principal of “Employees Relation Group,” a third-party consulting firm handling the agency’s HR and contracting, contains the following sentence:
“The interview process is taking longer than we expected and would have liked, please except our apologies.”
“Except” our apologies. And how about that comma’s graceful rhetorical linkage? I read it 3 times, open-mouthed. These are people evaluating my credentials and qualifications as a writer. Applying this standard, I should establish a consultancy advising executives on their style and apparel.
PS Please let me know if you don’t get the title of this post.