Use Text Expansion To Make Quick Work Of Arseholes

Use Text Expansion To Make Quick Work Of Arseholes

We’ve shown you how text expansion can save you hours of typing per day, but it can also save you a lot of stress when dealing with the arseholes in your life. Here’s how.

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Conflict and disagreement are good and important, but really only when they’re used effectively and both parties are civil. Sometimes these things turn people into arseholes. None of us are exempt—we’ve all handled things poorly from time to time and it’s especially easy to respond poorly when someone else starts the fight. To get around this problem and also alleviate the stress of dealing with arseholes, we can turn to text expansion.

Recently I added ,arsehole to my TextExpander snippets. It expands to the following:

I’m open to hearing what you have to say and having a discussion about it, but I have a policy of ignoring people who take a malicious approach to conversation. I felt something that you said fell under this heading, and if you’d like to try again with a kinder approach, I’d be happy to have a conversation with you.

When I get an email that’s rude or mean, rather than reading any further I just type ,arsehole and press send. It saves a lot of time, stress, and has—on several occasions—actually led to some good discussion.


  • Actually, this very post highlights my main worry with this tactic. If you accidentally make a typo (e.g. “asshole” vs “arsehole”, as was made above) then you are sending a very terse email that will just escalate any problems.

    Good concept, it just makes it even more important to check your email before sending.

    • I love that concept, you get out all your anger, but come across as being the very level-headed half of the conversation immediately putting your position at an advantage!

      Chris, Easily Fixed, just add autotext rules for both spellings.
      Also, if you expect the autotext to alter ,arsehole and you’ve made a typo so that ,asrehole isn’t converted, it’s going to be VERY obvious that there’s an error somewhere!

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