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

Subject: RE: Salutation Question: Hi Fred, or Hi, Fred ?
From: "Hickling, Lisa (TOR)" <lhickling -at- Express-Scripts -dot- com>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 08:37:59 -0500

So there *is* a valid argument for "Hi, name"! Thanks for your points
Will, Fred and Jim. I'll have a clue the next time I see that comma
usage. Even so, like Lauren, I have the sneaky feeling I'll be sticking
with "Hi name," convention. You know...old dog and all that.


Lisa H.

-----Original Message-----
From: Fred Ridder

The "Hi" and "Hello" salutations are *not* parallel to the "Dear"
constructions. "Hi" and "Hello" are each a short message directly
addressed to someone, which is why they are subject to the
"direct address" punctuation rule. "Dear", on the other hand, is
an adjective that modifies the name of the person being addressed
to express affection; as an adjective, there is no justification for
separating it with a comma from the noun (or name) that is modifies.
But if you were to adopt a rather old-fashioned style and say
"Hello, dear Lisa" you would separate the message "hello" from
the direct address "dear Lisa" according to the usual rule.

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