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brooksmoses ([personal profile] brooksmoses) wrote2016-06-17 11:06 pm

Formal and informal diction

I just sent my insurance agent an email, and got a reply back, and was struck by the difference in writing tone between the two. I think I'm incapable of not lapsing into formal tone when I write that sort of thing. And then when people write back with an informal-friendly tone, I feel awkward about it.

Not sure what to do about that, but I notice it.
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[personal profile] redbird 2016-06-18 10:56 am (UTC)(link)
Notice it and figure he is giving you permission to be informal in turn? (I doubt an insurance agent is going to be bothered by getting a first message to "Dear Ms. Smith" instead of "Hello Jane.")
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[personal profile] johnpalmer 2016-06-22 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
I can imagine it, though I tend to write informally the same way (i.e., having a hard time not lapsing into it). Of course, that's probably the more normal problem to have....