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Suppose one has an unusual or foreign name, or a name which traditionally belongs to the other gender. Is it inappropriate to add one's title (i.e. Mr/Ms/Mrs) to the signature of a letter/email so as to identify the author's gender?

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    Define "appropriate". – Drew Nov 10 '15 at 3:05
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If this is a formal letter or e-mail between you and someone (ex. you and a teacher or an employer), it would definitely be correct to add the title before the name.

  • As in, "Respectfully Yours, Mr. Ioannes Doeus." That'll teach them. – Ricky Nov 10 '15 at 3:04
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It is not. You shouldn't. Don't. It would be silly and impolite. People would throw garbage at you.

You could use a trick or two, though. You could insert a nickname between the Christian name and surname. As in:

Sincerely Yours,
Laballa "Gentlemanly Jack" Barocca, Esq.

or

Affectionately Yours, Drapezhnik "Bubbly Jill" Femistodinzs

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    In a formal context I don't think adding a nickname is appropriate. In an informal context, it might be, but they are more likely to already know your gender so it's almost a moot point. – Liam Nov 10 '15 at 9:41
  • @LiamNoronha: The point is not moot. It can't be moot. It shouldn't be moot. The question was, Is it inappropriate to ... etc. – Ricky Nov 10 '15 at 9:43
  • It is far more impolite to add a nickname than it is to preface your name with its proper honorific. I disagree not only with your proposed work around, but with your answer as well. Including the honorific is acceptable. – Liam Nov 10 '15 at 11:00
  • @LiamNoronha: You have every right to disagree with me. It would never occur to me to dispute it. – Ricky Nov 10 '15 at 11:04

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