- Salutation (greeting)
According to Wilbers [cite web|accessdate=2006-01-24|url=http://www.wilbers.com/FAQSalutations.htm|title= Frequently asked questions concerning salutations|work="Writing for business and pleasure"|author=Stephen Wilbers] :
* Salutations in formal letters end with a colon; salutations in informal letters end in a comma.
* Professional titles ("Professor", "Doctor") are preferred over social titles ("Mister", "Miss").
* Dignitaries are addressed by their titles. (e.g. "Dear Lord Mayor:")
When the recipient of the letter is unknown—for example, in a letter of recommendation, or when writing to a company—the salutations "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern" are used.
For each style of salutation there is an accompanying style of
People may greet each other with "Hello" or "Hi" or "awrite?", a contraction of "all right?". In letter format, the term "Dear" is used. My Dearest can also be used when writing to someone you are fond of.
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