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Is this correct in spoken English?
Whom is not used anymore and instead we say "Who".
PROESL's Usage Note on "Whom"
It could be highfalutin language. http://www.answers.com/topic/highfalutin
REGIONAL NOTE H.L. Mencken, in his famous book The American Language, mentions highfalutin as an example of the many native U.S. words coined during the 19th-century period of vigorous growth.
Last edited by PROESL; 01-Oct-2009 at 05:53.
You might want to look into the use of the word 'obselescent', anupumh.
And it exists without the remotest possibility of 'modernization' in some set phrases, such as 'to whom it may concern'. That just couldn't be 'to who it may concern' , though people who are allergic to inflected pronouns might paraphrase to something like 'for anyone who's interested'.
I try to stay away from "to whom it may concern".
It depends on the letter. Another possibility is "Dear Neighbor".
Other possibilities: Dear Sir, Dear Madam, Gentlemen, Ladies and Gentlemen
You can simply address it to a title, or just decide what is best as each situation presents itself.
Esteemed Colleagues, Dear Board of Directors, Human Resources Director, Training Manager, etcetera
I think readers of "to whom it may concern" skip right over it. They read it, but for practical persons they don't give it much attention. People care about the content, not things like salutations and adhering to things like "block style".