My approach to the mail is to let it pile up for a couple of weeks at a time and then, when it claims too much real estate on my desk, I open it all and process it. I just tackled a pile that had probably been growing for three weeks.
Not unlike the usual pile, this one had many unsolicited offers for which I have been "pre-approved". What exactly does that mean?
Based on my understanding of English, it means that I haven't been approved yet. The conclusion of an approval process demarcates pre-approved and post-approved. Right?
So why do these companies use this message? Are they language flunkies who do not realize they are rubbing in our faces the fact that we are "not approved"? Or are they hoping that we will all consistently and miraculously draw the exact opposite conclusion that we are actually post-approved?