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Want to share an important piece of information? Make sure everyone knows about that upcoming meeting? Is there a congregation of soccer mom’s getting together at the local Starbucks after work? Is Friday casual dress day and you need to tell everyone they can lay off the business casual? Great! That means you need a memo to be sent out! Memo Day celebrates that important piece of business communication, the memo!

History of Memo Day

The history of the memo goes back much further than you might suspect! The word ‘memo’ comes from the latin ‘memorandum’ a word that means, appropriately enough ‘It must be remembered’. The purpose of a Memo was to aid memory by putting notification of events and observations in written communication. Originally this was done with hand-written communication, and then developed with mechanical writing forms like the printing press, typewriter, and printer, and now into the digital age with email!

The term memorandum has become so fundamental to business and other official communications that there are specifically classified forms of memorandums. Consider the Policy briefing note: this little memo actually serves an incredibly vital role in the development of policy by judicial and governmental bodies. Once a political analysis of a situation or condition has been done, it’s transmitted to those who make the decisions in the form of a policy briefing note!

That means every day our lives are affected in countless ways by memos. Whether you get a raise, a particular product gets developed, or that zoning request goes through could all be determined by the humble memo.

Ever been in a court case? Prior to your actual day in court, information was provided to the judge in the form of a ‘bench memorandum’, containing a brief overview of the case including lawyer’s arguments and other information needed to come to a decision about the case as a whole.

How to celebrate Memo Day

It all starts with sending someone a memo! Whether it’s in the form of a Post-It note on the fridge, a message in their lunchbox reminding them of a Doctor’s appointment, or an email to your boss reminding him to send out the memos to the rest of your co-workers, make sure you get a memo out today! Not sure what kind of memo to send? It’s time to do a little research! Memo Day celebrates all forms of memos, from Grey Literature to Bench Memorandums!