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The Reasons ‘Sent From My iPhone’ Still Exists, Butt Chins and Why Churches Love Jordan Peterson

If I had my druthers, I’d prefer not to be contacted for any reason, whatsoever. That said, I’m not going to fuss if it’s work-related. Shit, as the dutiful employee I am, I’ll even answer emails outside of work hours. Then again, I’m definitely not doing it from my computer, so you best be prepared for a handful of spelling errors and the “Sent from my iPhone” built-in excuse that comes along with them. Situations like off-hour work emails are practically what the “Sent from…” line was invented for, even if it might have outlived its usefulness. I take comfort knowing I’m not the only one who still uses it with aplomb, however.

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