Re: Punctuation question

Subject: Re: Punctuation question
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
To: Ron Wilbanks <rwilbanks1 -at- carrie-all -dot- com>, "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 05:10:48 -0700

FWIW, I've always used a colon, regardless of content.

"Dear Ron:"

rather than

"Dear Ron,"

I know I picked this up at a very young age, but where or if it's
really correct, I couldn't say.

Yours truly,

John Hedtke
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At 01:39 AM 11/2/2007, Ron Wilbanks wrote:
>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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