Thursday, 30 July 2009

Yours faithfully and Yours sincerely

Steve was typing a formal letter for one of his employees tonight when he asked me, "When do you use yours faithfully and when do you use yours sincerely?"

Being rather naive, I said , "Is there a difference? I always use yours sincerely."

And he said, "NO! There are rules to it."

I wasn't convinced.

So there was only one way to find out so I googled it.

True enough (those of you reading this might know the answer already and must be thinking to yourself what a thicko I am) ...

According to the great encyclopaedia of 'Google', when you do not know the name of the recipient you use yours faithfully; when you know the name of the recipient you use yours sincerely !!

Fancy that !! I never knew that !! Thank goodness I always end my emails at work with 'Kind regards'. So, I'm safe.

I learned something new today. To think I used yours sincerely all my life not knowing there is a rule behind it... tut tut tut.

Did you know that?


Audrey and Martin Wiles said...

didnt know that.. haha.. u hv managed to teach me something new too. three cheers for that!!!

escape2 said...

thanks for that...can pass on to students
by the way, how come i cannot add aniq's blog on my blogroll list??? keep adding and still cannot see everytime. any idea??

Fely said...

shame on you! what have you been teaching your students all this time? lol!

PengPeng彬彬 said...

Letter writing without salutations :P

PengPeng彬彬 said...

escape: just add her URL to your blog list. there will be nothing showing but when she updates her blog, it will come out on your blog.

tiee said...

haha...i didnt know that too. but i know there's a difference. i told my ss to use faithfully for formal letters only..sincerely can be used for both. Gosh! Thanks for this piece of info. Now it's easier to explain.

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