Dear/Hello/Hi (delete as appropriate)

The BBC talk here about the changing face of email greetings. Where once ‘Dear’ was considered the introduction of choice for letters the land over, now some fear it is dying out altogether in favour of more casual acquaintance such as ‘Hello’, ‘Hi’ or even non-verbal symbols.

My view is that language should always be laid out to reflect its medium and its audience; in the case of email, ‘Dear”s days may well be numbered.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12247262

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