Advise is a verb. It is something you do or ask someone to do.
Advice is a noun. It is a something. It is a gift freely given, seldom taken into consideration, and on rare occasions, is a clear concise set of directions on how one should proceed to achieve the best results.
I only bring this up, because I have received seven emails in my work in-box over the past week informing me that either there is an issue with a PO, a customer has a question, or an item I have ordered has been discontinued. The one thing that all of these emails had in common, is that they all ended with “Please, advice.”
Now I managed to ignore the first few, but as the emails continued to roll in with the same error from several different sources, I decided that it had become an epidemic. It was time to speak out. I was tempted (briefly) to video myself doing a silly dance, hit reply all, and attach the video with the caption, “This is how I advice.” I decided against it, though, as this would both make me look like a Ms. Smarty Pants and a dancing idiot all at the same time. So instead, I offer up this advice: Don’t send me emails asking me to advice.
Advice – Best served with a grain of salt