How to Address a Boy

How to Address a Boy

Today, use of master outside conservative circles is considered old fashioned. Most often boys of school age are addressed as Mr. (Name) like other young men.

—-Envelope: —-How to Address a Boy
—-—-Master (full name)
—-—-(Address)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Master (surname):

—-Invitation, inside envelope:
—-—-Master (surname)

How to Address a Boy

Related Forms of Address: --------Boy --------Couples: Military --------Couples: Private Citizens --------Couples: U.S. Officials --------Couple, Same Sex --------Family --------First Names --------Girl --------Man or Woman, Social --------Woman, Married --------Miss --------Mrs. vs. Ms. --------Mx. --------Retiree --------Spouse of an Official --------Widow

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

How to Use Mx.

The Gender-neutral Non-binary Honorific

—-One person, envelope or address block on letter or email:
———-Mx. (Full name)
———-(Address)

—-Couple, envelope or address block on letter or email:
———-Mx. (Full name)
———-and Mx. (Full name)
—-——–—-Names in alphabetical order by surname:
—-—-———-—-Mx. Taylor Apple
—-—-———-—-and Mx. Jordan Zeffer

—-Letter salutation:
—-——Dear Mx. (Surname),
—-——Dear Mx. (Surname) and Mx. (Surname),
—-——–—-Which would look like:
—-—-———-—-Mx. Apple and Mx. Zeffer,

Mx., the gender-neutral honorific, is an option for those who do not identify as being of a particular gender, or who don’t want to be identified by gender.

But while it is one-honorific-fits-all, it is not acceptable to address others as Mx. (Name) unless they state it’s their preference. It falls into the category of an individual’s preferred honorific like Ms., Mrs., Dr., Professor, Reverend or Pastor, etc.

Period or no period? While it is not an abbreviation, if following American style guides, it is written with a period.  If following British style guides it is written without a period.

Related Forms of Address: --------Boy --------Couples: Military --------Couples: Private Citizens --------Couples: U.S. Officials --------Couple, Same Sex --------Family --------First Names --------Girl --------Man or Woman, Social --------Woman, Married --------Miss --------Mrs. vs. Ms. --------Mx. --------Retiree --------Spouse of an Official --------Widow

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

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Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"