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    fix-it Fred

    Read this letter to an advice columnist:

    Dear Fix-it Fred,
    I have a problem.........
    ....

    What's the meaning of 'Fix-it Fred' here? That's an strange name, but I think that the part 'Fix-it' should be a name of a column in a newspaper or something, yes?

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    Re: fix-it Fred

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Read this letter to an advice columnist:

    Dear Fix-it Fred,
    I have a problem.........
    ....

    What's the meaning of 'Fix-it Fred' here? That's an strange name, but I think that the part 'Fix-it' should be a name of a column in a newspaper or something, yes?
    Yes. Someone who writes an advice column can be said to "fix it" for people. He/she fixes problems so a nickname would be "Fix-it Fred".

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    Re: fix-it Fred

    I would think he fixes stuff around the house and offers advice on those sort of thing. How to clean this stain on my driveway. How do I stop ice jams from forming on my roof.

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    Re: fix-it Fred

    I found your answers helpful, thanks!
    As a student I usually had this problem when I wanted to send a letter to someone in the authority of a journal but I didn't know their name, I used to write: 'Dear in authority!' is it OK?
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    Re: fix-it Fred

    No, don't do that!
    If you can't find the person's name, then use their title.

    Dear Managing Editor:

    Also, in the future, pelase start a new thread if you want to ask a new question that isn't related to the prior one.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: fix-it Fred

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, don't do that!
    If you can't find the person's name, then use their title.

    Dear Managing Editor:

    Also, in the future, pelase start a new thread if you want to ask a new question that isn't related to the prior one.
    Dear Advisor!
    Related!
    Thank you,
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    Re: fix-it Fred

    By the way, if it's a printed publicaiton, then somewhere in the first few pages, you'll fine a full list of all the senior editors by name.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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