|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Miscellany » Reverends Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#208300 - 12/11/12 07:31 PM Reverends
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Letters to the Times, March 1976:
From the Reverend E.H.W. Crusha:
May I enlist your support in restraining the use of 'Dear Reverend' and 'Dear Reverend So-and-so' in letters to clergymen? It appears to be increasing among people of standing and education who might be expected to be readers of The Times.
From Peter du Sautoy, chairman, Faber and Faber Ltd.:
I learnt from T.S. Eliot, the politest of men, that letters to clergymen one does not know personally should begin 'Reverend Sir.'
From Peter Faulks:
I remember being told by a clergyman that when in India a parishioner wrote to him as 'Reverend and Bombastic Sir.'
From Canon Allan Shaw:
There are degrees of reverence. When I was a Dean and very reverend I once received a letter addressed to 'The Very Shaw'. I thought that took some beating. However, it was bettered by the present Bishop of Lincoln. He once told me that he had received a letter directed to 'The Right Phipps.'
From Rabbi David J. Goldberg:
While Christian clergymen ponder their correct form of address, they might also spare a thought for the difficulty experienced by their Jewish colleagues. On several occasions (and usually from the Inland Revenue) I have received letters which address me as 'Dear Rabbit'.
From the Rev. D.F.C. Hawkins:
A young member of my congregation in Nigeria once addressed me in a letter as 'My dear interminable Canon'. I try to believe he intended it kindly._________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----
Entire topic Subject Posted by Posted Reverends LukeJavan8 12/11/12 07:31 PM
Forum Stats 8738 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members KatieC, ashishsum, ackcat, mayne, Yesurbius
8738 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 28 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 88 LukeJavan8 81 wofahulicodoc 66 A C Bowden 38 Tromboniator 4 May 4 FoFong 3 tsuwm 2 LadyReader 2 KatieC 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11609 tsuwm 10523 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 LukeJavan8 6490 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith