Have we officially tossed “Dear” out the window?
The last email I received that began with “Dear Margit” was today at 6:05am in my spam folder from “Swimsuits for All.” “Dear” has become a false sense of personalization and almost always a sales-y plea of some sort whether political, philanthropic or you’re missing out on some amazing swimsuit deal. Dear is no longer the necessary way to start a missive.
Our abbreviated, abrupt electronic-mails are a far cry from the days of three-paged, ball-point stained beauties. They are their own form of communication. As tech reporter Farhad Manjoo once noted, “An email is both a letter and an instant message.”
But not all of us have given up the hard copies.
This week we explore letters in all their lick-and-stamp glory:
- Nancy Davis Kho is the only person in her family to write them.
- Amy Barr stopped herself from sending one.
- Jennifer Ha has kept a friendship alive through them.
- Kate Premo teaches how to write a proper thank-you.
- And I unearth a 25-year old crate of ‘em.
Yours truly, Best, Sayonara, (or the worst) Warmly,
p.s. I still love a good p.s.
p.p.s If you want to cheat a hand-written note, we just discovered this site. Nifty.