Etiquette Questions, Answered: Social Situations
Is It Poor Letter-Writing Etiquette to Respond to a Handwritten Note With a Typed One?
Q. Is it poor etiquette to respond to a handwritten letter with a typed one that is snail-mailed?
A. We type all day long, on laptops and desktop computers and smartphones. Even some elementary-school children can touch-type 50 words a minute. As a result, many people today have barely legible handwriting. (Do you still know how to make all your uppercase letters in cursive? I don’t.)
So let’s be realistic: While a handwritten letter is a lovely thing to send or receive, a typed response is a fine substitute, especially if the convenience and the ease of being able to type—and edit—prompts you to compose a longer, more detailed one.
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