Form Letter With That Special Touch

For reasons not relevant here, my middle name is Edward and, on some semi-formal documents, I appear as E. Edward.

Which leads to personal greetings that make me feel so special:

Form Letter Salutation

Form Letter Salutation

I’d be satisfied if they’d stop pretending they care …


  1. #1 by Daniel B. Martin on 2017-04-02 - 12:30

    They DO care! They care enough to get your first initial right.

    Years ago, at PokLab Building 707, I had a chance encounter with my second-line manager. He greeted me by name and that made me feel so proud! It was the wrong name, but nonetheless he cared enough to use a name…

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-04-02 - 18:32

      One hopes the other name wasn’t attached to, say, a Bad Appraisal.

  2. #3 by Simon on 2017-04-03 - 03:54

    I have a similar problem since I only use my second name whereas my first name (Iain) is suppressed. I receive a gentle drip feed of correspondence address to “Dear I,” or even more familiarly as “I,…”.
    Guaranteed to be rapidly routed to the recycling bin or spam folder in an instant.

    • #4 by Ed on 2017-04-03 - 07:36

      Anybody who calls me by my first name obviously got it by reading an Official Document; hearing it out loud puts me in DEFCON 3.