Readers Conclude: Cheers To End Email Is Fine

Readers Conclude: Cheers To End Email Is Fine

Signing off an email with ‘cheers’ might be too “mock British” for our US counterparts, but the consensus amongst Lifehacker readers is that it’s perfectly acceptable on this side of the Pacific.

Our post earlier this week on inappropriate email sign-offs contained some useful pointers, but was also a reminder that communications norms vary widely between countries. While the Washington Post suggested that “cheers” was too “mock Brit”, readers agreed that this didn’t apply in Australia — though most people felt that it should be reserved for friends and people you actually know, rather than being used all the time. (I personally use “Cheers” on everything except very formal business email.)


  • Cheers is a more casual way of saying “Thanks”

    Americans complain about a lot. But when you try to tell them to use International Standard Units to measure their units, they don’t listen. They still talk in feet, miles, Fahrenheit and pounds.

  • Of the 45 or so emails I sent yesterday, I’d say all but two or three included Cheers in the signoff…

    The other couple would be regards and thanks.

    Personally I hate ‘Best,’ – it’s usually used by salespeople in my experience.

  • Mock Brit!!! I love it!! Another phrase in the arsenal of worldwide Americanisation (spelt with an S despite what OSX is telling me right now).

    Well I use it most of the time too……. Oh yes, I forgot, I really am a Pom….


  • I still love the idea that ending an email with “cordially” signifies thinly veiled hostility.

    Sometimes, I think perhaps we’re reading a little bit beyond what is written (or intended).

  • cheers? oh please. As has already been pointed out, this means thanks. It’s fine if you are in fact thanking people, but otherwise sounds stupid. I am from the UK but have lived in Oz for 10 years. i have no problem with cheers if you’re thanking someone. Otherwise what’s wrong with just signing your name? or saying ‘all the best’ or ‘regards’ (if you know them)?

    • Just thanks? I think it means more and is dependant on the context in which it is used. It can have the original meaning of “Here’s to you” as in a toast, but more often means “Catch you later”, usually with an implied smile. But when you use it to mean “Thanks” it is usually as a rather dry reply and not really heartfelt.

      Maybe there’s a difference in the way the Brits use “Cheers” from the way Australians do; I dont know, what do other people think?

      • If you want a funny mental picture, then think of ‘cheers’ as in the thing a crowd does – opposite of ‘boos’. Now go read the last email you signed off with ‘cheers’ with that context in mind. For me, I sent a document a co-worker was after and the crowd went wild as I ended the email.

  • I always use cheers since it’s so informal. Too many people sign off an email with, the same way they’d finish off a hand written letter.

    Cheers for everyone else, ‘thanks c–t!’ for my Dad.

  • “Cheers” as a closing in e-mail messages has become much like other cliches; many use it because others use it.

    ‘At the end of the day, it is what it is… a virtual paradigm shift. This is true.’


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