I have a colleague who ends many emails with "and thanks". To me it sounds awkward and random, but I wonder if anyone has seen this usage before?

Examples (note particularly the third one!):

"That time will work and thanks."

"Please send over the password and thanks."

"Any ideas and thanks?"

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    This is just his informal email style. He's just tacking on his gratitude for whatever it happens to be on the end of his sentence. Formally it ought to be a separate sentence: That time will work. [And] thank you [for setting it up] or Please send over the password. [And] thank you [for looking it up or finding it for me or whatever] – Jim Nov 24 '13 at 17:28
  • @Jim That sounds like an answer worth posting. Essentially, it's not formal english or a common expression - it's just the way his friend writes his emails. It is usually suggested that you thank someone at the end of a polite email, so this makes some sense. – Zibbobz Nov 25 '13 at 14:27

It is more common to move "thanks" to its own sentence or use a comma:

That time will work. Thanks.

That time will work, thanks.

As asfallows points out in the comments below, you could also say:

That time will work, and thanks.

Your colleague's usage is abnormal but not strictly wrong in the sense that the meaning is clear. I wouldn't recommend its usage in a formal context.

Of the three examples you posted, the third is the most suspect:

Any ideas and thanks?

The "thanks" isn't part of the question and should be moved to a different sentence.

  • Since 'Thanks.' is considered a grammatically and syntactically complete sentence, at least colloquially, I'd say the first two examples are just missing a comma, e.g. That time will work, and thanks making them compound sentences. I would say that Any ideas and thanks? is likewise grammatically okay, but technically semantically incorrect. It implies that the speaker is asking 1) for ideas and 2) is he should be grateful. – asfallows Jan 10 '14 at 17:08
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    Yes, you are correct. My point was more that ", thanks" is more common than "and thanks". I'll add a clarifying note to the answer. – MrHen Jan 10 '14 at 17:22

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