"Our work culture merges a lot of talented people in sometimes high-stress situations and people are [still] people," René says. "They get tired, frustrated and petty despite our best intentions to keep a positive attitude."
Career advice expert for TopResume Amanda Augustine tells CNBC Make It that these phrases, on their own, aren't inflammatory.
However, she says, they rile people up if there is already underlying tension or an unspoken issue that hasn't been addressed previously, which is probably why people send these sorts of phrases to begin with.
Augustine points to another reason why workers may send each other professional clap backs: There's a lack of holding meetings in person. "People are becoming too reliant upon technology to handle situations that require a face-to-face meeting," Augustine says."It's easier to send veiled, passive-aggressive responses via email than to sit down with a colleague and address your issues head-on."
Although email is a convenient way to avoid uncomfortable conversations, Augustine emphasizes that this tactic rarely solves these problems and can lead to further "professional clap backs."
On the other hand, emails can be more effective. They provide professionals a way to protect their backs, Augustine notes, and it may be necessary to resort back to that email to use it as proof to help everyone clearly remember what was agreed upon.
"People have a tendency to 'misremember' what was agreed upon from meetings or passing conversations," she says. "It's important to follow up via email with everyone to make sure those involved are all on the same page when it comes to the scope of a project, role assignments, tasks and associated deadlines."
It's important that when you are following up via email, you're cordial.
Augustine says if any of those phrases bother you, stop and ask yourself, "Does the phrase always bother me when I read it, or only when certain colleagues insert it in their emails?"