In business communication, is the use of ellipsis, those three dots "...", intended to be dismissive of the recipient? Can it be construed as rude?
My knee-jerk reaction is to read these as rather disdainful to the point of being outright rude.
As an example, a perfectly ordinary:
The TPS reports shouldn't have gone out before they were reviewed.
The TPS reports shouldn't have gone out before they were reviewed ...
In my mind whenever I see those three dots of doom I automatically substitute with some version "you idiot" or "as anyone competent would know".
I typically make a conscious effort to ignore these and just assume good faith on the basis that different people have different styles and perhaps for some this counts a perfectly ordinary punctuation. But it's hard not to read a deeper meaning into these dots.
Is the use of ellipsis commonly considered to be unprofessional? Should I ban the three dots from my business communication?
Should I continue to assume good faith when I receive a message like this and disregard the "..."? Or does it make sense these days to interpret them as a sign that something is up?