How Does Your Email Closing Line Come Off?

I've long thought using "best" as your email close was insincere at best, and dismissive at worst. But how do other email closers come off? Bobulate's chart from 2007 tries to classify.

According to them, "thanks" captures the sweet spot between familiar and unfamiliar, natural and self-conscious. It's also the one I tend to use the most often when I'm dealing with people I've corresponded with only a few times. I'd actually argue that "best", "cheers" and "best regards" don't feel natural to me, but rather a little silted -- but things might have changed between 2007 and now.

I'm also not sure why "sincerely" is in two almost opposite quadrants, but Essential Manners For Men author Peter Post claimed it was an all-purpose (and safe) way to sign off back in 2009. Though, it's so generic and cliched now people's eyes probably gloss over it without actually internalising the meaning of the word.

I'm curious what you guys use for your email closers. In the instances when I don't use "thanks", I tend to just leave it blank and not make the recipient spend another 100 milliseconds reading a superfluous word.

Bobulate [via Swiss Miss]


Comments

    Kind regards?

    For 'cold' emails I'll sign off with 'kind regards'. If we converse enough to become familiar I'll start using 'cheers'.

    Same as Parker...regards (or kind ones) for people I don't know or have never corresponded with before, cheers for the familiar. I use cheers all the time when talking to people so it feels very natural to me to include it in an email. Thanks doesn't always feel appropriate.

    I think people do notice if there isn't some kind of sign-off, even if they do gloss over the actual word - it's the intent of going to the bother of having some manners. I certainly notice it (but then I'm an oldie at 43...maybe younger people don't feel the same).

    I usually use "Thanks", and occasionally "Cheers".

    What on earth is "Best"?

      +1

      Best... Best what?! If I sign it off with my name then it reads Best, April. Which just sounds.. conceited!

        even worse if you use 'the very best'.

        - The best, most awesome, olearymo

    For the most part, I think that a lot of people get way too worked up over the importance of closing lines, particularly in email. The tone of your email is much more important than the word(s) above your name.

    Over and out

    Where is just plain 'Regards'? Just did a quick spot check of my e-mails and it seems very popular in my corrospondance, followed by Cheers (which I never noticed before).

    What ever happened to "Cheers" and "Hooroo"

    regards for new folk
    just my first name for everyone else

    @zee in radio parlance, over means your turn to talk (they are one way devices - you can talk OR listen but not hold a simultaneous two way conversation).

    Out means we are finished.

    Over and out just means you have watched too many movies!

    Sorry to be a pedant.

    Best

    Out.

    "Later bitches"

    I find closing out with a picture of my wang gets the message across...

    "Thanx" for everyone except friends and family. Friends get just my name; family (and friends who're as good as) get "Love".

    A fool that I used to work with used to use 'Brgds'. It's short for 'best regards', you see...

    The fact that you can't be arsed typing out 'best regards' in full shows what low regard I'm actually held in. Die.

    Don't like "Best" or "Yours". I'll generally go with "Regards" if I feel a closer is necessary (normally I'll summarise a work-related email in the last paragraph).

    Why is "Sincerely" on the table thrice?

    Used to have a rule when sending work emails: always use formal (eg Kind Regards), but then respond in kind to whatever the other person used (so if they returned with thanks or cheers, i would too).

    Same applied with greetings. Always used "Dear" until they responded with "Hi" or just the name.

    I wish we could bring back the old "Yours, etc", but it probably looks the most dismissive of them all...

    Try using 'yours sincerely' when your surname is O'Leary. ohhh the rhyming.

    "Cheers" FTW.

    Our work email app defaults to "Kind regards". A quick one-time editing of "signature.html" soon fixed that. :)

    I generally say "Thank you" for Internal emails, or "Kind Regards" for external ones or to people who require a more formal email.

    Work = "Thanks"
    Friends = "Roger, Red Leader"

    I generally go for 'regards' to new or occasional contacts. 'cheers', or just my initials in lower case for inter-office, friends or family.

    "Best" is the worst. I ended a business relationship with a service provider because a rep kept using that daft sign off!

    Cheers is my daily response. Regards, if I'm being formal.

    I go with Kind Regards primarily when they have done, or intend to do something for me. (however small it may be). Alternatively if I have corresponded with them regularly, recently.

    Regards for more serious or pressing matters, or when unsure.

    When dealing with friends I sometimes use the Monty Python one:

    May the birds of paradise fly out your arse.

    At work I just use regards, thanks or cheers.

    "Kind Regards" is my default for all business emails. It's in my signature on my desk, my tablet and my phone. I don't need to worry. If friends/family get Kind Regards, deal with it.

    If it's my personal account, you get nothing.

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