RE: Salutation Question: Hi Fred, or Hi, Fred ?

Subject: RE: Salutation Question: Hi Fred, or Hi, Fred ?
From: "Will Sansbury" <wsansbury -at- alpha -dot- ipswitch -dot- com>
To: "'Hickling, Lisa \(TOR\)'" <lhickling -at- Express-Scripts -dot- com>, "'Techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 13:47:33 -0500

Lisa Hickling wrote:
> Assuming that commas are "de rigueur" in written salutations,
> where do you put them? Between the greeting and name or after
> the name? Why so?
> Is one convention to be preferred over the other?
> I'm for "Hi Fred," and only recently and rarely came across
> the other form.

A coworker calls me "comma happy" because I'm in the "Hi, Fred" camp. I read
it in my mind with a pause, and I tend to view it as a complete sentence,
which makes the comma make sense.

"Hi, Fred."
"The dog is brown, Fred."

That's my impulse, but I don't think "Hi Fred," is wrong. I do cringe when I
get "Hi Fred" with no punctuation at all, though. That just screams "I'm too
lazy to even try to write correctly. Or get your name right." :)

Will Sansbury


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