Monday, 11 March 2013
Greetings and Salutations
With the near death of letter-writing for anything other than business purposes, has also come the loss of introductory greetings or salutations. In emails, sometimes even business emails, one is lucky to get a "Hi" or "Hello". Text messages are, of necessity, even worse. Then there is the end of a letter. Many do not even sign their names, letting the automatic signature do the trick. Gone are the days of "Yours truly," "Sincerely," or "Your earnestly devoted friend," (ok, so maybe that one is a bit over-the-top archaic)
I'm just as guilty of this as everyone else. For years I've signed my name, both in handwritten notes and in emails as "~Joanna". I may or may not begin with "Hi" or "Hello".
I'm a word-lover, so I think I can come up with more creative greetings than that! So I'm going to try. I hope to promote, at least in my own letters and emails, a softer, gentler form than the abruptness I've been using so far. Language has lost much of its beauty over the past 50-or-so years.
What do you think? Are proper greetings and salutations something that should be revived? Or should we allow them a decent burial and move on?
I remain gratefully yours,