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comment Addressing a senior female in formal mail
My tone was perhaps defensive :), but I still insist that neither are inappropriate... (In the US at least) It's perfectly acceptable to address a letter to an unknown recipient to "Dear Sir or Madam", and even in informal situations, it's not uncommon to address colleagues, not even superiors as Sir or Ma'am... If it's not the most appropriate answer that is one thing, but I still fail to see how it warrented downvotes... I will say that if you know their last name, then Ms, or Mrs is always good, but I always worry that I'll screw up their marital status :)
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comment Addressing a senior female in formal mail
@Kate Gregory, I disagree... Madam chairman or madam president is completely appropriate... The author said senior, they didn't say how high ranking... I still don't understand why the downvotes... Because I quoted the King's Speech?? Had I not quoted the kings speech, no one would have made the queen association because fundamentally, madam is the correct and appropriate name for several titles that are not the queen... And Ma'am is just common courtesy. You should call your mother Ma'am.
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comment Addressing a senior female in formal mail
why the down vote?
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comment Drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Don McLean was known to be mysterious with his lyrics... He wouldn't openly disclose what any of American Pie meant. And the parts of the song that people have figured out are incredibly esoteric and specific to the sign of the times that he wrote it.
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