- For Teachers
Some people use 'kindly' in their requests with the meaning of 'Would you be kind enough to' or 'Please'.
I understand their polite intention, but to me kindly has authoritarian or impatient overtones. The Oxford ALD says that the word is "used to ask or tell sb to do sth, especially when you are annoyed", so I am not alone in feeling a negative sense.
However, I hear/see it so often that I am beginning to wonder if my feeling is outdated. I'd be interested to read what other native speakers feel about this.
I find that it's normally used by people in a subservient (don't know if that's exactly the word I mean) position in a formal setting where they feel obliged to use some kind of pleasantry even though they don't want to. I always find it very disingenuous, it seems the word of choice for people who don't want to be pleasant but feel they have to.
Subservient I meant like secretaries and people who work in customer services, there's probably a far better word to describe this relationship!
The phrase "Kindly do the needful" seems to be a standard component of a request for assistance written in Indian English.
I would love to hear from 2010 or another native speaker of Indian English on this.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.