#BadDearJohnLetters via Hashtag, You’re It!: @BrandNewMcMann The Top Picks


We’ve all had break ups. It’s pretty much a universal human experience that we all share. Relationships are hard work and sometimes they just don’t last. So we have to break up. Whether it’s an amicable parting of ways or a full on, knock out brawl on the front lawn break ups come in all shapes and sizes. But the one really mean way to end a relationship is through the art of the “Dear John” letter. So I tried to do a little research on the origin of this phrase because I wanted to know who the hell was this unlucky John guy that got broken up with soooooo hard that he got a break up letter named after him. Sadly there is no definitive answer to this question. Some say that it could have started with a poem from the 1860’s. Most people believe that it really came into common use during World War 2. From the years 1880 to 1923 John was the most common boys name in America. So those servicemen serving long stints over seas during the war would get letters from their girlfriends or wives with a very formal and unfeeling opening of “Dear John” instead of my dearest love, or my sweet, or hey fun buns. So “Dear John” letters became the cheap, easy, cold, cruel way to break it off with someone instead of doing it face to face. Thankfully I’ve never received such a correspondence. But plenty of people have. That’s why for this week’s “Hashtag, You’re It” I asked Twitter for some examples of #BadDearJohnLetters. There were so many responses to this hashtag that we briefly trended to the #13 spot on Twitter. So check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next exciting episode of “Hashtag, You’re It”


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