VSRE: The new standard of replying

What?! VSRE?

Yup. It stands for “Very Short Reply Expected”. It was defined by a guy from Greece called Panayotis Vryonis, so check out his website too.

Sometimes you get a message(email, tweet, whatsapp, facebook, whatever) to which a short reply like “Yup”, “Nope” or “Want but can’t” would suffice.


But, social standards require that you make a story of it, starting with dear X, hi X, yo X, how are you, whatsoever, then a stretched version of the actual message(thanks for the invitation, but I have some other appointment, etc.) and then a nice ending like, C U laterz, sincerely, catch ye’ on the flipside, whatever.

This is very time consuming, because instead of directly replying with the actual message(which could be called VSR’ing), you have to write a whole story, which you’ll probably end up doing later, when you’ve finished other things. Besides that, writing a long reply on a smartphone is like cycling from Berlin to Paris. Good for a holiday, but not at all practical.

Yeah… So?

So, save the world! Use VSRE! With an ever-increasing load of messages on (social)media, it’s almost impossible to keep up when replying with small novels instead of “Yup”.VSRE = efficient. :-)

How does it work?

Put “VSRE” In the subject of a message. The recipient then knows, that he or she is not socially bound to writing a long, polite answer, and that if he or she replies with “Aight”, your feelings won’t be hurt.

Keep in mind that you should only use VSRE when it is actually possible to reply with only one, up to five words. So a message like “VSRE: What happened last night?” is not correct, assuming that you DO want to know what happened, and won’t settle with “nothing important”.

When someone sends you such a message, you can simply reply with something like “VSRE impossible, will reply later.” A message like “VSRE: Wanna come to my party tomorrow at 10pm?” is correct, since “yes”(or “no”, if that’s the case) are possible answers.

Lost track? Here’s a VSRE summary:

  • Use “VSRE” in the subject.
  • Use VSRE only if a short reply is possible.
  • Takes away the consideration of either a long or short answer. Just short.
  • Takes away the possibility of someone being hurt by a short answer.
  • Just saves a lot of time.

Here is a link to the webpage with the original definition of VSRE.

Please leave a VSC(Very Short Comment) if you’re gonna use it. :-)

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