I can’t believe the number of graceless letters I receive from local government agencies and large corporations, in which total strangers (always females) write to me, “Dear Robert” or worse, “Hi”.

The ‘Hi’ brigade get a stock reply.

Dear whoever,

Why you write me? I just do cleaning. I good person, cause no trouble.

Hi Flung woo.

That invariably elicits a more courteous, properly addressed second letter.


Wonderful; I must remember that response to ‘Hi’.


    Well at least there was some sort of acknowledgement as to who you are. I’ve had a few emails/letter with NO salutation whatsoever.. just straight into the subject!! That I find incredible…


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