|DON'T BE FRIGHTENED, IT'S ONLY A WOMAN|
Most business these days is done over the internet.
I was thumbing my way through a big book, a 1993 Typhoon Edition of Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary, it was a Latin phrase I was searching for, when my glance fell on a chapter headed: Business Letter Writing.
I looked at the specimen letters. They were so quaint. I really felt as if I had been transported back in time.
Here's are two examples:
Dear Mr. Magnes:
Thank you for your order for Clover Danish Blue Cheese. It is being shipped out to you today.
We enclose a catalogue of our other products. Please note that with orders of $10.00 or more, customers may receive free, their choice of a jar of Lingonberry or Currant preserves.
Thank you for your order #324 for a dozen Pop-Up Toasters. They were shipped today. The invoice is enclosed. We also enclose the catalogue on waffle irons requested in your letter.
But it was the names of the businesspersons signing the letters that really intrigued me. Here's the list:
A. S. Cantor
V. A. Miles
J. H. Hudson
Charles U. Clifford
Robert E. Griffin
Alan W. Furness
A. E. Handley
David K. Nelson
The names of the businessmen are in white. The names of the unknown gender businesspersons are in yellow and the names of the businesswomen are in green. You will notice that there is only one person identifiable as a woman in the whole list.
The next chapter in my book is headed Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Business and Formal Correspondence. Perhaps there's a potential poem gestating somewhere between Abstract of Title and Zoning just dying to be born.
I will take a look and maybe we will find it.