Formal or Buddies – Differentiation in German
“Sprachspiele” from Ludwig Wittgenstein open up a different option: The reader might choose whether he likes formal direct addressing like “Dear… or …,sir!” or informal like “Hi!”. In English there is only one way to address people directly in everyday speech: “you”. Therefore it is not necessary to offer a choice. In German formal addressing affords “Sie” and informal “Du”. Since informal addressing spreads but irritates many people we choose another approach – a constructive one: Everyone might choose what he likes to read by choosing a “language”.
Interesting reading and successful time