One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A formula used to end a letter.
- ‘We beg to remain, sirs, your obedient servant… the England cricket team.’
- ‘I have the honour to remain, Ma'am, your obedient servant,’
- ‘They all signed off any official communication to any ordinary citizen with, ‘I am your obedient servant.’’
- ‘It was an age when letters routinely ended with formulae like ‘I beg to remain your obedient servant’ although the writer had no wish to do anything of the kind.’
- ‘As your obedient servant, I acquired both products and have been testing them ever since.’
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