Monday, 11 March 2013

Greetings and Salutations

Dear friends,

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,


  1. Greetings & good day Joanna,

    I think you bring up a good point. Letter writing and the salutations that go along with should most definitely be on the revival list. In fact just recently I've been sending the occasional card through the mail to some friends, just for kicks.


  2. Dear Joanna,
    I trust that you day has been a pleasant one. Your observation on this topic is so true! We have become so "face-paced" that we can't even take the time to greet one another properly. Society will always be evolving, whether we like it or not. It took me years to get a debit card. I thought it was totally lame, and I refused. Our ways of corresponding are changing too, but I say, "Hang on to it as long as we can." The world that our children live in is and will continue to be so different from what we knew. We cannot force society to NOT change, but we can preserve it in our own lives.
    Yours truly,


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