[Genuine, unretouched Google search that brought a seeker to Orange Crate Art.]
I can think of three explanations for wanting to know how to salute a professor in an e-mail:
1. The searcher is a student at a military academy.
2. The searcher has English as a second language.
3. The searcher, intent on observing all formalities, is thinking in terms of salutation, a term better reserved for dowdy old letter-writing.
I am glad though to see someone asking the question rather than beginning with Hey, or with nothing at all: I am a student in your class, &c. Good titles for poems there: “Poem Beginning with Hey,” “Poem Beginning with Nothing at All.”
Everything this searcher seeks can be found in this world-famous Orange Crate Art post: How to e-mail a professor. Am I tooting my own horn? I guess. Toot. Toot. I am tooting softly, with a Harmon mute.
The word salute reminds me of a startling essay-starter that Claire Hahn of Fordham University shared with our class one day: “Chaucer stood with one foot firmly planted in the Middle Ages, and with the other he saluted the dawn of the Renaissance.” She loved it.
Which in turn reminds me of something my friend Rob Zseleczky was fond of recalling: someone asking
him a professor at a party, “Milton: didn’t he write Chaucer?”
But my favorite use of the word salute is this one:
Friday, August 16, 2013
By Michael Leddy at 11:46 AM