Alan looks at a short email between two Americans and dissects the informal language that they use.
Informal Expressions and Their Meanings
shoot you an email = email you (quickly, casually, no big deal)
grabbing lunch = having lunch (not a big commitment)
reach out = connect, contact, communicate (informal)
on your radar = planned, in your plans, in your awareness
swing by = come, visit, stop (for a brief, informal visit)
no pressure = I don’t want to obligate you if this isn’t desirable.
a fit = convenient to your needs or plans
circle back with you = re-contact you
Paraphrasing with a Little Shortening
Last week, I emailed you about having lunch tomorrow. I know you are busy, but I thought I would check to see if lunch was still planned. I am still available tomorrow if lunch isn’t possible. Tom and I will be downtown at a Morgan Stanley meeting today, and if you are free, I could come after lunch to see your new office. No pressure either way if it isn't good for you, but I thought I would re-contact you about this. (86 words, 14% reduction)