Found: The lost art of letter writing

October 13, 2011 | By | Comments (1)

“When writing common letters (not formal), whose name comes first when closing, male or female?”

This week’s etiquette question, posted online, comes from a reader named Neverbeold, who is to be congratulated for having both time and inclination to write real letters on paper.  (It has been so long since I wrote a letter that my penmanship has become a crabby scrawl. Writing cursive is not like riding a bike. Without practice, I can no longer make those swoop-y whorls on “W’s.”)

Neverbeold deserves credit, as does anybody who still takes the time to compose a letter. If you are writing on behalf of a couple (Lisa and John, for instance, or Mike and Jim), gender doesn’t matter. If you did the writing, you get top billing, as in “Hope to hear from you soon. Love, Neverbeold and Alwaysyoung.”

What about you? When is the last time you mailed a letter to a friend? How did you sign it? Have you forgotten how to make a nice capital “G?”

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