May 2, 2007

Seriously Inefficient Communication

I signed up for the Oxford English Dictionary's lovely and enlightening "word of the day" e-mail some time ago, using a now "old" e-mail address that still feeds into my current one. After awhile, I decided that as much as I enjoy a thorough and exhaustive parsing of language, it's harder and harder to keep up with all the communications that land in my inbox, and so followed the "unsubscribe" link. For various reasons, I have been unsuccessful at unsubscribing, so the OED's WOTD keeps arriving.

The last time I made a futile and confusing attempt to unsubcribe, I noticed this helpful tip at the bottom of the e-mail:

Written requests to unsubscribe may be sent to:
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Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street

Oxford OX2 6DP UK

At first I thought the concept of sending air mail (with a delivery time of probably two weeks) to Oxford, England to unsubscribe from an e-mail list was hilarious and quaint. Now it seems like a viable option. Dang you, OED! Dang you all to heck.


Beth said...

I also gave up my word-of-the-day e-mail because I just couldn't keep up with it. Sad that my vocabulary is no longer a priority.

Prego said...

Maybe you can send them a series of letters in the spirit of the W.O.T.D.

May 4: "Take"
May 5: "Me"
May 6: "Off"
May 7: "Your"
May 8: "God"
May 9: "Damned"
May 10: "List"
May 11: "You"
May 12: "#$@$ing"
May 13: "Limey"

Though with the price of postage being $0.84 a shot, you might be able to save yourself eight bones with a more succinct* approach.


* WOTD 3.16.97

Bella Rossa said...

Beth - don't feel bad. Those entries are dense. Early on I laughed at the seeming simplicity of the words they chose, only to realize stuff like "tree" has a six page linguistic history.

Prego - I like your style! Actually, this morning I realized I was sending the unsubscribe e-mail from the wrong Yahoo address...fixed that sitcheashun right quick.