Every now and then I received emails starting with "Dear Folks" or "Hi Folks" from my boss and colleagues.
I checked Cambridge Dictionary and it means:
- people, esp. those of a particular group or type.
- Your folks are your parents.
- You can say folks if you want to speak in a friendly way to people you do not know.
I will exclude second and third meanings because the sender is a colleague at work. So my question is: Why do they use it if it mean (almost) "Dear/Hi people"? I think there is another meaning of it.
Note: I asked them and most of them think about it as "Dear Friends" or "Dear team" in informal way.