Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To PS or Not to PS

Yesterday, the TYWKIWDBI (pronounced Tie-wiki-wid-bee and standing for "Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently") had a post about the logic of us a "PS:" with an email. The "Post Script" is used with letters, because you've already written the letter when you think of something else to add. With handwritten letters, you obviously can't use the "insert" key and just put your afterthoughts into the middle of the letter. But, with emails and even letters written in a computer word processing program, you can do just that. So, TYWKIWDBI was pondering the point of the email PS.

Since this blog focuses on letters rather than emails, I started wondering...do many people even use PS in handwritten letters anymore?

When I studied marketing, specifically direct mail writing, I discovered that "junk mail" writers consider the PS very important. They claim that the PS is almost always read. I guess junk mail readers want to see what was so important you had to add a special note about it at the end of your letter.

So, tell me, do you PS?

8 comments:

GotThatSwing said...

I use PS if I finish letter and remind myself about something, usually some small thing to add. And I use it in emails as well simply because it's easier to just add something than search through whole text or add something unrelated to the topic. So, my vote would be 'to PS':)

Mrs. Duffy said...

I often P.S. because after signing off I remember I dropped part of the conversation.

Limner said...

I P.S. and I P.P.S. I do it in e-mail and with letters and notes. It makes forgetting easier to bear. :) It's easier to add one in an e-mail instead of scrolling, searching for the right place to insert or I'm often too lazy to simply scroll and add something above my sig.

lynne said...

Sure, I use a PS if I've forgotten something (and I usually do). I have even been known to put it on the outside of the envelope after I've sealed it and suddenly remembered something I just HAD to add!

97didek said...

Yes :D in Poland people always write PS :]

ScribblingSarah said...

Yes, I both P.S. & P.P.S. Often it's when I forget something, but sometimes it's just when I have something to say that doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the letter.

lostforwords101 said...

I do use PS,even in my blog posts sometimes :P

lailani said...

In friend emails yes; there is something sentimental about it. Like when you were in fifth grade and had pen pals... I usually PS something light hearted and fun too!

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