Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Yours hatefully!

I have never really understood the difference between 'yours sincerely' and 'yours faithfully'. In Bangalore my steno had once tried to tell me when to use what. But instead of listening to him as usual I had taken a walk on the wild side while all the time pretending to listen. You see, I can think of absurdity in any and especially serious matters.  All I was thinking was, 'I am not theirs to sign off the letter either way'!! All I wanted to say was 'am nobody's, sincerely or insincerely for that matter'. How can you write yours sincerely when may be the person to whom the letter is addressed is a complete stranger to you? Or if the letter is addressed to your irritating boss in whom you don't have any faith, how can you close it with 'yours faithfully'? I just cannot think highly of the bum who got the idea of using such phrases in official letters. Tell me, what do they mean by when they use such phrases? Is it, 'I am officially sincere and faithful to you'? Is it, 'on paper you have all my loyalty and earnestness'?  
Don't you think that these words purely and truly belong to the world of personal letters? How romantic it would be if a husband gets a letter from his wife closed with yours faithfully or yours sincerely! But it may not be romantic. Because if he is some kind of a possessive jerk, he might forcefully say, you are mine even if you are unfaithful. Or if he is a suspicious psycho he might find an element of insincerity in that. 
But just think, what is the need of signing off that way, say if you are sending a letter of invite or updating your boss about your office. Huh?  Anyway its a phony convention to follow especially in official letters. I mean I would prefer 'with warm regards' to any other phrase for closing a letter. But that somewhat,maybe, sounds cold, so I should, may be, say warmest instead of just warm. But it would be definitely great to write a stinker and sign it off  'yours hatefully'!

PS: This came about because I received a card with a closing phrase which I had not come across before viz., 'Yours Cordially'!!

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