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Using the term ‘dear’ just fine by definition
Re: Don’t use the annoying moniker ‘dear’, PNR, July 25.
Dear editor. Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary defines ‘dear’ as beloved; precious, highly esteemed and used in letter salutations.
Use of the term by waitresses, cashiers and tradespeople has no reference to how you raised your children, how you risked your life in the war, how you built this country, or how old you are.
If you are offended by it and take it as a sign of disrespect you do have a problem, however it has nothing to do with people who are trying to help you.
You might consider resolving the problem by having some respect for the people who are offering you assistance.