11 Email Subject Lines That Everyone Dreads


I read most of my emails in the morning, half asleep (I am not a morning person).

Every day at around 9 am, like a beast woken from her beauty sleep, I make an instinctive grab for my iPhone hiding somewhere underneath the blankets. After checking the time, I immediately start to scroll through emails. I suppose it's a way of slowly preparing myself for the day's onslaught of work.

Occasionally, however, I get emails that wake me up faster than a triple espresso. You know the sort. The ones with subject lines that make your heart skip a beat and make your eyes do a double take. In dedication to these, ahem, pesky awakenings, here are the worst emails subject lines you never ever want to see in your inbox.


What emails do you dread? Do tell (and entertain) in the comments!



  • Claudia says:

    Oh my, you cracked me with up the subject: 37 Reasons you’re still not Married”

    this is a spot on! My mother actually sent me an e-mail containing links to some articles about why am I still not married. Ugh, mothers, really!!

  • Sophie says:

    Back on my last job in an office, the first 3 subjects were really dreadful (plus the one from the bank), I usually receive them once a month. But the rest of the emails above, oh my goodness, what were those senders thinking?? Thanks for sharing this, it perked me up 🙂

  • Natashia says:

    The third to the last one? Oh My Gosh! Is this real? Oh, I don’t know what would I ever do if I got an email with a subject line like that. Gosh, I swear, that would readily be taken to the spam folder. Ha ha!

  • I totally agree with all of these! I dread those kinds of subject lines on my emails. Sometimes, I just want to chuck ’em all out or transfer to Junk Mails. The one from the bank is my most dreaded one. (Shh… I’m a big spender, that’s why)

  • Nancy says:

    If I were to receive those kinds of subjects on my inbox, I would rather sleep all day through! Those are really incredulous!

  • Misty Dew says:

    Oh gosh, I can’t believe these kinds of emails are being sent. But yes, I’ve actually at least two of the ones listed above. Still, it’s really something I don’t like receiving anytime soon!

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Ha, this post almost had me rolling on the floor! Seriously?! Those are the worst e-mails that one would really be dreading to receive. I’m lucky I haven’t gotten those kinds of email before… Well, except for that one from the bank, though, it’s worded differently. 🙂

  • Queenie says:

    You’re absolutely right. I never want to get any of those emails ever.. They’re silly and ridiculous 🙂

  • Brenda says:

    Oh, those subject lines are attention-grabbing indeed, but I would rather not open them when I wake up. Tee-hee!

  • Angelique P. says:

    I love this post, so realistic and fun! Yes, unfortunately, I’ve received some of those emails with those subject lines. A real morning wake-up call experience, if I must say so..

  • Sienna says:

    Oh my goodness! I can’t believe some people would actually send emails like that. I think I’m not gonna have a good day if I receive any of these in the subject line.

  • MJ says:

    I can’t imagine not starting my day with my emails. As much as possible, I want to tackle all that needs to be done by checking my inbox the moment I wake up. But yes, when you do receive mails with any of those subject lines, I’d rather continue sleeping and not opening them until the end of the day.

  • Serena says:

    Those are indeed dreadful and horrible emails! I wouldn’t open them if I were you. LOL

  • Pamela says:

    Waking up to those kinds of e-mail messages will certainly give me migraine the whole day!

  • Johanna says:

    I’m just shaking my head and can’t believe emails like that are being sent sometimes. I have to admit there’s one subject line there that was really sent to me, and oh boy, it wasn’t a pleasant email… Tsk

  • Vilma C. says:

    Save the Date!! Oh my goodness, would you believe me that I’ve actually received that before – from my ex! I definitely feel the dread you’re referring to with these kinds of subjects on emails!

  • Courtney says:

    The one’s I’ve been receiving lately (and kind of annoy me, but not dreading) are those Amazon deals! But other than that, I also get some from the banks. I wish I wouldn’t receive any of those emails you posted above.

  • Arianne says:

    Oh, I agree with you and everyone else. These might just be the worst and most dreadful subject lines I’ve ever read and never wanted to read ever.

  • Thalia Chica says:

    Hmm, some of the email subjects above are quite intimidating, like the one from the ex, and from the bank, the others, absurd and ridiculous!

  • jennifer says:

    This is really weird.. I actually received most of those emails before. Even the one from my mom. gosh, it sucks sometimes to be single and all at the age of 30+ … 🙁

  • Josie says:

    Pesky morning e-mails indeed! I’m thanking my lucky stars because I haven’t received any of those emails, and pray not to receive them at all in the future 🙂

  • loreleichung says:

    Oh these aren’t just dreadful. I think these kinds of emails are horrible! I wouldn’t want to touch my inbox anytime again if I get any of those.

  • Beverly says:

    I’ve actually seen and received at least two of the emails above and I never want to get those again. Ever.

  • Rosie St.Paul says:

    I couldn’t imagine functioning properly the whole day if I’d be receiving a bunch of emails like that. Oh no, these would surely ruin my whole day, I assure you.

  • Olivia says:

    Actually, these subject lines just had me laughing, these are unbelievable, to say the least. I’m quite lucky I haven’t received any of these emails. Thank goodness!

  • Margaret says:

    Hmm, let’s see.. So far, the e-mail I most often received is from my boss, asking me to see him/her later. It’s not really a dreadful email subject, although sometimes, it was more like a warning when things didn’t go as planned. Luckily, that’s the one I often get and I’ve learned not to dread it anymore.

  • Gabrielle says:

    I personally think those subject lines were cute and harmless, if not stating warnings. Except for the one from your “ex”and “fling” which I found quite disturbing.. Hmm, I don’t know, maybe it’s just me reacting because I just got away from a bad ex. 🙂

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Some of those emails sound like warnings, still others made it sound like you’re in debt. Ah, I never want to receive any of those emails in the future, too!

  • Helena says:

    Hmm, those e-mails are not so bad.. or am I just missing something? Maybe those bank notes and memos from the boss are quite scary, but the rest, I think I can laugh them off.. 🙂

  • Ellen says:

    I particularly detest those emails that come from my bank, boss and ex. ’nuff said 😉

  • Charlotte says:

    Ha Ha, these are definitely funny if not dreadful subject lines! Love the one from “mom” and the bank account!

  • Valerie says:

    Oh, those aren’t so bad… Except for the bank note, of course, everyone hates that. Me included. Gotta love the others, though, they sound quite funny to me..

  • Tatiana says:

    I wouldn’t want to receive any of those emails too. Good thing I won’t be opening any email of that kind anytime soon!

  • Taylor says:

    These e-mail subjects just had me laughing.. Yeah, kinda dreadful but hilarious nonetheless..

  • Gee Wilkins says:

    Actually, some of these emails sounds really funny. But yeah, I wouldn’t want to receive any of those 🙂

  • Thelma says:

    Ohmygosh! These are actually hilarious! I’d get a kick out of these email subjects, wouldn’t mind receiving one of them, especially those about not getting married yet. LOL

  • Helga says:

    Holy guacamole! Are these real emails? Oh my… I wouldn’t want to receive any of those! although some are outrageously funny, still… I’d be filtering my mailbox instead.

  • Sharon Belks says:

    Oh my head’s spinning from all these email subjects! As in seriously? There are emails that contain these stuffs? I’d be aghast if ever I receive one! Good thing I haven’t!

  • Christine J says:

    Oh gosh, I really wish I won’t b receiving any of this emails soon. I don’t know what to do if I get one like those.

  • Jacq says:

    Oh this email subjects are hilarious! I had a great time reading the subject lines, but… I never want to receive them. Ha ha.

  • Donnalyn says:

    Oh my… these had me laughing out loud rolling on the floor!! Those email subjects are already quirky, what more of the body of the email, eh?

  • nikkiannie says:

    Are these for real????

  • Michaella says:

    Emails that I dread are probable the ones that come from my banks. Sad, but true..

  • Nerissa says:

    Can I tell you a secret? I always dread that email from my boss asking me to see him in his office. I always get nervous and afraid. Ugh.

  • Irina says:

    Uh-oh.. These are indeed way nasty. Lucky me, I haven’t received anything like these.

  • Lauren says:

    Oh gosh… I so agree with you. Some of these are awful 🙁 Good thing I haven’t been on the receiving end of these emails.

  • Demetria says:

    Those emails from the “Boss” and the “ex” and the “fling” were sure unwanted. Uh oh.

  • Denise says:

    Those are really hilarious!

  • Mabel Hastings says:

    These email subjects are my nightmare! Oh god. Good thing I haven’t received any of these kind!

  • Kelly C. says:

    I agree, those emails are just awful and awkward to read…

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