Which is ruder?

Some people send me emails that start “Dear Andrew” and have elegant signoffs, but no subjects. These madden me. I reply with emails that have subject lines, but no salutation or signoff — after all, their email program shows who it is from, and the fact that they’ve got it shows they are meant to read it. I wonder, sometimes, if they upset their recipients.

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1 Response to Which is ruder?

  1. Mrs Tilton says:

    Dear Andrew,

    that really _is_ a problem;

    the provision or formulation of a solution to which is, and shall remain, the foremost goal, however little my ability to effect any practical solution thereto, of

    Your humble and obedient servant,


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