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Post by Guest » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:12 am

LS is Latin for "To whom it may concern".
It means "Lectori Salutem".



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Post by Dara » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:13 am

Good point there Arno.

"Dear Sirs" seems to be ok for all business/administration related letters as it is a simple formal adressing.


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Post by Andrew_S » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:21 am

Nice one.
A greeting to readers.

Never heard of that.
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Post by Guest » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:23 am

Andrew_S wrote:Nice one.
A greeting to readers.

Never heard of that.



Yeah, I thought it was a nice one, too, but Anna told me that no one uses it here.
So I figure that no one here actually knows what it means, unless you've studied some Latin.


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Post by Andrew_S » Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:27 am

I don't do a lot of business letters myself but my guess is that it is not used in Britain.
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Post by MinnaRaisanen » Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:58 am

That is why we use Dear Sir/Madam - you cover all the bases that way!
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Post by j o h a n n a » Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:03 pm

Andrew_S wrote:How many of our female members would be irked on receiving a letter beginning

Dear Sir,


i would! it's very easy to either do the dear sir/madam thing or the "dear human resources manager/recruiter/etc." (if you're begging for a job!) thing & doesn't imply any assumptions about gender. generic "dear sir" is really antiquated, i feel.


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Post by deojuvame » Sat Nov 22, 2003 10:05 am

In front of me I happen to have a book that lists proper headings on letters. How appropriate!

It says here there's a difference between personal business correspondence, and official business correspondence.

The proper heading for both types of business correspondence is

"Dear Sir or Ma'am".

Keep in mind that this book was written by and American, so different cultures might have different greetings...


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Post by j o h a n n a » Sat Nov 22, 2003 3:50 pm

weird--as an american, i try to avoid the "dear sir or madam" (or "ma'am") totally. is it an old book?

i have a friend who starts off cover letters (when she sends in her resume) w/ "ladies and gentlemen:" & i think that's AWFUL! it sounds like she's announcing a circus or something. i've tried v. hard to get her to change it--i used to have to sort through resumes @ a previous job & it really is true that sometimes the tiniest thing can make your resume end up in the circular file, because when you've got a short period of time to sort through hundreds of them you have to choose quickly.


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Post by deojuvame » Sun Nov 23, 2003 9:28 am

j o h a n n a wrote:weird--as an american, i try to avoid the "dear sir or madam" (or "ma'am") totally. is it an old book?


Let's see, it was published in 1996...


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Post by Guest » Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:50 pm

arabella wrote:Let's see, it was published in 1996...



I'd say that's old, yes...


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Post by Hank W. » Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:04 pm

Bah, 1996 - thats modern concoctions. Better stick to Emily Post's "Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home"
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