At some of my places of employment, I see fellow employees post a new policy or order that comes from a supervisor or some boss—they’ll write (for instance), “Do not move this chair. As per Rita (the boss).” Or, “As per John: This order is due tomorrow.”
Or whatever. What the hell does this mean, “As per”? I know my grammar is not stellar, but it seems like the ones who most often write “As per” are no grammar geniuses themselves (having never seen a word ending in “s” that didn’t require an apostrophe, etc. etc.). Or maybe I’m completely clueless. It wouldn’t be the first time.
I am sure this “As per” trend has some basis from somewhere. And who knows, it might be perfectly correct. But I don’t understand what the hell it is, or how it is supposed to be used, or anything. (Oh, I understand that it is supposed to mean, “According to John” or “Rita has made the announcement that we should do it this way”, but I don’t know how all of that translates to “As per”.)
Have I been living under a rock? Is this a commonly used (and correctly used) term?