Thursday, March 14, 2013

Signing Off

By Frank Anthony Polito

No, not ME. As I pointed out the other day, I'm still here -- for now.

So I promised to do a little more blogging this week... As the "about" section of this blog states, I've been planning to include some thoughts on the "writing life" -- whatever that might mean. I'm coming to find that it's a cold and cruel one... But, as I am wont to do, I digress!

Found a couple interesting items online today that I thought I'd share. From You Say "Best." I Say No.

The basic jist of this somewhat lengthy post is: do we really need to sign our emails with closing phrases  anymore (see above image)?

I remember when I started using email in the late 1990s, I treated each email I'd compose as if I were writing a letter. For the most part, I still do to this day. I always begin with a greeting, be it "Hi" or "Hey" or "Hellooo!" depending to whom I'm writing. If it's "business" I'll be sure to say: "Dear ___" and use the person's LAST name. Though I am hesitant to do this when a) I know the person I'm writing to is younger than me, and b) if the person is male.

Most of the time, I'll sign my emails "Take care," But, unlike my mother (who I love dearly), I do NOT space over to the center of the last line and write "Love," -- the way we were taught as children when writing a letter to someone.

As Mr. Maladay points out in his post, here in the 21st century people use email much like they do text messaging -- as most people are often typing their messages via their preferred mobile device. (I might very well be the last person in America who still uses a flip-phone -- without internet access. Okay, I have it -- I just can't use it.)

I do remember receiving a message from my nephew when he first started using email, in which he wrote:

Hey Uncle Frankie.I finally got my own email! It's really cool! Now we can talk without having to be at the same house! P.S. dont forget to send back!

Notice how he put a period after my name... And he typed the rest of the text immediately following, without bothering to space down to the next line. I realize he was 9 or 10 at the time, but I thought his teacher at school would've taught him this simple grammatical rule. He also did NOT sign his name, as Mr. Maladay also suggests in his article. (Perhaps my nephew was on to something back in 2009?)

Now, four or five years later, I get emails like this all the time from people. I just assume they're writing to me on a SmartPhone and can't be bothered to hit "enter."

Any thoughts? Feel free to sound off in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!

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