The Vanishing Salutation Comma*

*I might have made up this term.

Has anyone else noticed that fewer people than ever seem to be using the comma in email salutations? (Presumably in letters, too.)

Receiving an email from someone beginning with “Hi Mike” once was the exception, now it’s the (incorrect) rule.

Now, I’m delighted to receive one a week beginning with the near-extinct, but correct, “Hi, Mike.”

Some will argue that it’s an antiquated/style thing. I argue it’s about clarity and precision — and that’s something that never gets old.