Punctuation question

Subject: Punctuation question
From: "Ron Wilbanks" <rwilbanks1 -at- carrie-all -dot- com>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2007 03:15:27 -0400

Over the years, I have always used a colon on the open salutation of any letter, both personal and formal. Lately, I have been receiving business letters that use a comma, rather than a colon addressed to my boss. Likewise, I also see the use of the comma becoming far more widespread than the colon in this area.

Has the rules of writing changed, and now favor the comma for a salutation, or is the colon still the rule? My boss, who is 54 years-old, uses the comma all the time, as does his 19 year-old daughter.



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