[SpamCop-List] Re: Tiresome
nobody at spamcop.net
Tue Sep 7 10:41:14 EDT 2004
> > > I'm not aware of that law/tradition/practice (likely after my time),
> > you
> > > have any links?
> > http://www.writing-business-letters.com/business-letter-format.html
> > Dear Sir or Madam:
> That's when it is to an individual. When it is to a whole department or
> company, it is "Dear Sirs". (In this context it is being used
In any case, avoid potentially offensive salutations like
"Dear Gentlemen," or "Dear Sirs."
When the addressee's name is unknown, several options are available:
Ladies and Gentlemen: (or the reverse) Ladies: (all women)
Dear Sir or Madam: (or the reverse) Gentlemen: (all men)
Dear Friends: Dear Colleagues:
Sexist salutations, e.g., Dear Sirs, Gentlemen, etc., are not used.
When none of the non-gender alternatives seems appropriate, a
simplified letter format (omitting the salutation) may be used.
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