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Yo Dude, Milord

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the GapEmails – Where do you stand on the grand salutation question?

Dear Sir/Madam. Hey man! Hi Frank!

Which to use and when? A knotty question. In the age of email, does it even matter? This isn’t a letter, after all.

However, emails are used as a faster form of letter. Standard post has been dubbed “snail mail” as it’s slower, but faster delivery should not necessarily mean one may be lax during composition.

Here is my handy guide. I find it’s often easiest to learn by example, so let’s look at some scenarios.

An email of complaint

In this scenario, we have bought defective goods. Maybe we should write a letter, but who has the time? Such an email needs to be fairly formal – “Hi Mr Managing Director” will not do. Take a look at a model example below.

email of complaint

Notice the formal wording and the polite salutation. However, this email contains an error. The sign-off should read “Yours sincerely”, as you have used the recipient’s name! Shocking. This one’s going straight into the digital trash. Be more careful!

An email to a friend

Of course, not all emails need to be quite so formal. You could be composing an invitation to a good friend, inviting them round to your abode for tea and biscuits, or some other healthy pursuit. For example:

email to a friend

As you can see, the content of this email is much less formal than in our previous example. As it is written to a close acquaintance it is still perfectly acceptable, of course!

An email to your boss

Often-times you may find yourself needing to write an email to your boss. Some formality is required here, of course – your career may be at stake. However, the chances are you know your boss quite well, so it need not be as formal as our “complaint” example. It also couldn’t hurt to pay said boss some compliments – maybe it could help win you that promotion!

email to the bossNote that the author is not afraid to blow his own trumpet, and has signed off in such a way as to show all due respect – that promotion is in the bag!


I hope you have seen, through the examples presented here, the different and various ways one may compose one’s email depending on the situation. Please feel free to use any of these examples as a template for your own use.

Happy emailing!

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  1. July 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    So funny!!

    1. You may want to get that “heat” in your nether region area checked out. Usually that’s not a good sign!

    2. I wanna come to ya crib to play xbox wit u fo sho.

    3. I tried the tie compliment… It didn’t go over so well. She looked at me like I was crazy.

    Great post!!


    • July 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm


      1. You’re probably right. I blame the underpants.
      2. Wicked! I’s waiting fo yo’s ring on da bell oh botheration I can’t talk like this any longer…
      3. Evidently my email templates need some work – it appears it’s not one size fits all after all. Apologies.



  2. July 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    You must have purchased the King Hippo boxers that Nintendo put out.

    I saw a story somewhere that the dye in those is supposed to cause “problems.” Is that why you switched to Xbox?


    • July 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Ha ha, yeah – you get a much better class of underwear with Xbox.
      Now there’s an advertising slogan… 🙂


  3. July 17, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Your Majesty, High Minister Who Sits On the Right Hand of God:

    Thank you for this demonstration of appropriate manners and context. I grovel at your feet, and less than a worm compared to your magnificence.

    Your most obedient servant,

    Marilyn Armstrong
    And Other Things


    • July 18, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Yes, that’s the kind of thing!
      I could get used to that salutation.


  4. July 18, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Hahaha! Most excellent! Loved the gangsta one – so funny. And Thanks for the advice – I shall bear it in mind for future compositions 🙂


    • July 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

      You won’t go wrong with my “You won’t go wrong with these templates(TM)” templates!


  5. July 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Bwahahahaha! Yo bro – thanks for the laugh!!! I pity that poor John Jones character !!! 😆


    • July 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

      He was a bit unlucky, wasn’t he 🙂


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