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One in 20 told off at work over mail gaffes

Email gaffes at work have seen one in 20 people reprimanded or even fired, a survey revealed today.

One in five admitted sending an inappropriate email in the heat of the moment, while one in three (31pc) said they have hit "reply all" instead of "reply" by mistake.

More than one in 10 (13pc) have mistakenly sent an email insulting a colleague to the person they are insulting.

Men were more likely to make a mistake, with 28pc having made an email faux pas, compared to 17pc of women.

Almost half (44pc) said they do not send letters any more.

And it seems people sometimes choose not to pick up a phone or meet somebody face to face either -- one in five admits dumping a partner by text and one in 10 has ended a relationship by email.

The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of Going Postal, the television adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel, today.