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Reader Comments (49)

My favorite closing of all time is from a former boss. He signed all his business correspondence "Yours in Christ." And no, the business was not (nominally) Christian.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNysssa

I generally close emails with "regards", but since I'm not a very good typist, I've started to pay very close attention ever since someone pointed out that the "g" and "t" keys are adjacent, and spell check won't catch it.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMir

As long as we're discussing grammar, I feel compelled to ask: why do some people feel the need to Arbitrarily Capitalize improper nouns in the middle of a Sentence?

[see what I did there?]

Seriously, did everybody fail second-grade English? A word is only capitalized if it's the first one in a sentence, or it's a name. That's it. There are no other acceptable instances.

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Dear Matt,
So then you wouldn't capitalize salutations like "Dear Matt"?

Sincerely,
Guy Who Somehow Passed Second Grade

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

Dear BabyDoc,

he probably wouldn't, if you could show him an instance were the salutation is mid-sentence, and Matt is not a name.

Kind retards, <-- seriously, dear Mir, I never noticed this!
lerk

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlerk

Dear Lerk,

What if the name is "matt black", but you think it's the name of a kind of paint?

Your sin shall find you out,

Robert Carnegie

(Does that mean that your sin will leave one of those little cards with the phone number to arrange another time?)

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Hah! I feel the same way, I stopped using 'dear' a long time ago. all my business emails (which are tons, due to my kind of work) start with "Hello (name)".

I do get a lot of emails from techs of a certain country that end with "Please do the needful" though, which always makes me chuckle a bit.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNefrai

Here's one that I've been wondering about: is it just me, or has the title Mrs. disappeared? Is it just not politically correct to acknowledge a woman's marriage, anymore? I was taught that Miss was for young, unmarried women, Mrs. was for married women (who weren't doctors, judges, or preachers) of all ages, and Ms. was for older unmarried women (or of those one doesn't know the marital status).

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSilverGreeneye

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-michelle-obama

uses "Mrs." when the title isn't "First Lady Michelle Obama".

Elsewhere it may be old-fashioned, but if you give your title as Mrs. then people will probably use it, except that another old-fashioned rule is that "Mrs. Robert Carnegie" is probably the name, or a name, of Robert Carnegie's wife. This is from before women could have names of their own.

I've been wondering too about Scott Meyer's wife going by Missy.

February 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

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