Dear Sir/Madam. Really?

Is Dear Sir/Madam old hat now? I do remember when I did my secretarial course way back in the 1960’s.  Letter writing was very formal in those days.  Without email etc, all mail was delivered by Australia Post or the PMG as it was in those days.

In the past two days, I have received emails addressed to “Dear Sir/Madam”, and found it a little irritating.  Of course, the companies I was dealing with have on record my gender, but the response is an automatic response to a request for assistance.  No, I am not a Sir, and I am not a Madam.  Well, Madam has come to mean someone who runs a brothel or similar.  I certainly don’t.

What else could they write?   Would “Dear Client” work?  Or just something simple like “Greetings from thexxxxxx office”.  Could the computers be set to say “Good morning” or “Good afternoon”?  Would that work?


I have written before about being annoyed that women have to indicate whether we are Miss, Mrs, Ms, but our male counterparts never have to indicate their marital status.  It’s just Mr.  I doubt my ramblings will inspire any changes to any of these issues, but I do think it is time for a change.

Jacaranda in Flower at Caboolture Historical Village










While I am on a bit of a rant, I will voice my irritation at my phone noting all the places I happen to be and suggesting I take photos or buy something.  I am so over smart phones and the “extra benefits” that I don’t want.  Perhaps a smart person (perhaps a grandchild) can delete these stupid irritating “benefits” of the smart phone.

I look forward to running away soon.  It is just over two weeks before I leave my apartment, so plenty to do.


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