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September 25, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

When ending an email or letter, before you write your name, you usually include a small signoff with something like "Best regards", "Kind regards", "Best wishes".

Best,
A short, sweet, and safe way to sign off. Many experts agree that "Best" is the best way to go. You can extend it to say "All the best" or "Best regards."

Cheers,
A slightly British-sounding sign-off which conveys friendly cheer but may also allude to drinking alcohol, which might be a bit too informal for some.

Faithfully (or Faithfully yours),
Adds a touch of loyalty but might also come across as a bit too zealous.

Hope this helps,
If you're trying to help someone or offering advice, this might be the perfect closer.

Looking forward,
Conveys a pleasant, casual assurance of continued relationship.

Regards,
Indicates professionalism and respect. You can make it more emotional with "Warm regards," but "Warmest regards" might be a little too warm for a professional letter.

Respectfully,
A nice and somewhat deferential way to end the letter.

Sincerely,
The most common and benign closer.

Thanks (or Thanks again),
Use this if you haven't already fully expressed your gratitude.

Warmly,
A nice but not over-the-top touch of emotion; probably best when you have already met the person face-to-face at least once.

With anticipation,
If your letter's main purpose was to make a plan or set up an appointment, this may be the way to go.

When ending an email or letter, before you write your name, you usually include a small signoff with something like "Best regards", "Kind regards", "Best wishes".

55 Ways to Sign Off A Greeting Card

best wishes letter ending

My earlier salutations piece created a fair bit of chatter, so I thought it was high time for the sequel. I might even get stuck into attachments next. Make it a trilogy. Anyway, the reason so many people ruminate on the language of email is because none of us are quite sure we’re doing it properly. For most, email etiquette wasn’t taught in school. And our parents certainly can’t enlighten us. So we’re all just muddling along and hoping we’re doing it right.

Ahrwa Mahdawi won’t approve but, when it comes to email signoffs, I’m a “Best” man. I don’t know when it started and I don’t really know what it means. But that’s my signoff of choice. I guess it’s an abbreviation of “Best wishes”. Apparently, I don’t have that extra second to spare for the full version – or maybe I just don’t want to be associated with the term “best wishes”. After all, I’m not a 99p birthday card.

“Best” is also a bastardised version of the slightly more jovial “All the best”, which in turn is an ellipsis of “I wish you all the best of luck.” Now that’s a bit much: “Can you make that meeting at three? I wish you all the best of luck in finding out.” Google Calendar isn’t that treacherous.

“All the best” was ruined for me during a stay in a Miami hostel. I arrived back one evening to discover a couple of my fellow travellers had just got matching tattoos. One had ATB on his bicep, the other on his wrist. Apparently it was their holiday catchphrase. I haven’t used it since.

At least “Best” is better than “Yours” – short for “Yours sincerely” or “Yours faithfully”, those annoying twins that refuse to die. “Yours sincerely” is just a bit square. I mean, office life is dull enough; do we really have to bring insincere sincerity into it? “Yours faithfully” is even worse. Far too overblown, it’s a pious throwback to a time when written communication involved actual effort – aching, ink-stained hands and all that. Nowadays, your average millennial is never more than 90 seconds away from a Whatsapp notification. I don’t need to prove my trustworthiness to you. You can believe what I say or not. It’s only one of 100 messages I’ll send today.

And so we get to the initialled signoff. Equal parts smug and cutesy, these were derided as the “latest email fad” five years ago. Turns out that fad had some staying power. Whether teamed with a “Best” or a “Yours”, or just hanging out on their lonesome, these initials are increasingly prevalent in our inboxes. Call me old-fashioned, but you should have to earn the right to call someone by the diminutive of their name. This assumed, nay, foisted closeness overrides the natural order of relationships. We’re not exiled comrades scribbling snatched notes from different gulags or lovers separated by oceans. We’re just two colleagues trying to agree on a meeting time. Let’s just pop the whole name down, shall we?

So what signoffs do I agree with? I prefer things people actually say in real life. I’m talking “Thanks” and “Nice one”. “Cheers” is a good, solid choice too. Its connotations of merriment provide recipients with a fleeting reminder that the world of the pub and the dinner table still exists beyond the email chain in front of them. It also reminds them they’re dealing with a real person.

Another option is to go with nothing. Just say what you’ve got to say, press send, and get the hell out of there. Will people be able to handle such curtness? Yes, probably. However, will they definitely know the message has ended or worry that some Ctrl and Enter debacle has occurred? Get around this by tacking on “Have a good day” or, depending on your industry, a kiss or two. Perhaps even an emoji. They’re popular now.

So, what’s my final word on email’s final words? Well, I think I’ve had a kind of signoff epiphany while writing this piece. “Cheers” is warm and friendly. It’s breezy yet genuine. That said, it’s not for everyone. Writing in the Telegraph, Josephine Fairly casually dismisses it as “my most loathed signoff”. Each to their own.

Whatever you go for, your signoff should reflect your personality, writing style and, of course, the content of your email. Don’t go throwing in “Nice one” if you’ve just informed someone they’re terminally incompetent. Don’t end with “Yours sincerely” if you’ve finally started building a rapport with a new client. Just like salutations, email signoffs are a tonal minefield. So tread carefully.

Cheers.

Joseph Richardson is a copywriter at Barnaby Benson Copywriting.

Twitter: @BB Copywriting

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How to End a Letter: 12 Useful Farewell Phrases

best wishes letter ending

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Business Letter Closings

  • Adios,
  • All best wishes,
  • All best, always,
  • Always in my thoughts,
  • As always, with affection,
  • As usual,
  • As ever,
  • Be good,
  • Be well,
  • Best Regards,
  • Best wishes for your future,
  • Best Wishes,
  • Bye for now...,
  • Cheerio,
  • Cheers
  • Chill,
  • Cordially,
  • Earnestly,
  • Enjoy,
  • Enthusiastically,
  • Forever yours,
  • God bless
  • God be with you,
  • Godspeed
  • Good wishes, always,
  • Goodbye
  • Gotta boogie,
  • Grace and peace,
  • Have fun,
  • Health & Happiness,
  • Hope to hear from ya soon
  • Hope all is well,
  • I look forward to hearing from you soon,
  • I hope to receive news from you soon,
  • I'll be thinking of you,
  • Just to keep in touch with you,
  • Keep the faith,
  • Keep smiling,
  • Kind regards
  • Kind Regards,
  • Kind thoughts,
  • Later Vader!,
  • Later
  • Later alligator
  • Later,
  • LET'S GO,
  • Looking forward to seeing you again,
  • Lots of love,
  • Love
  • Many thanks,
  • May the horse be with you,
  • May the Force be with you,
  • May I always live to serve you and your crown
  • Miss ya,
  • More later,
  • More shortly,
  • Most sincerely,
  • Onward and upward
  • Over & Out,
  • Over and out,
  • Peace, Love & Happiness,
  • Peace be with you,
  • Peace & Love,
  • Peace out,
  • Peace and Blessings,
  • Peace
  • Prayerfully,
  • Regards,
  • Respectfully yours with sincere gratitude,
  • Rock on,
  • Season's blessings,
  • See ya,
  • Sincerely yours,
  • Sincerely
  • Smell ya later
  • SMILE!,
  • Smiles,
  • Ta ta,
  • Take care
  • Take good care,
  • Take it easy,
  • Talk to you later
  • Thank you for your time and consideration,
  • Thank you,
  • Thank you for yor kindness and consideration,
  • Thinking the best for you,
  • Til then, my beloved,
  • Till we meet again,
  • Toodles,
  • Truly,
  • ttyl,
  • Until we meet again,
  • Until next time,
  • Very truly yours,
  • Waiting for you,
  • Warm regards,
  • Warmest greetings to all,
  • Warmest Regards,
  • Wishing you all the best of everything,
  • Wishing you the best,
  • Wishing you a safe journey,
  • With confidence,
  • With the highest esteem, I am a friend of virtue and the people,
  • With kind affection,
  • With kindest personal regards,
  • With warmth,
  • With gratitude,
  • With all best wishes,
  • With love
  • With all good wishes,
  • Yearning for you,
  • You're in my prayers,
  • You're in my thoughts,
  • Your friend,
  • Yours truly
  • Yours faithfully
  • Yours sincerely
  • Yours regardless,
  • Yours 'til the cat meows,
  • Yours most sincerely,
  • Yours always,
  • Yours ever
  • Yours respectfully
  • Yours,

Love Letter Closings

  • Adoringly yours,
  • Affectionately yours,
  • Affectionately,
  • Especially yours,
  • Eternal,
  • Eternally Yours,
  • Forever and always,
  • Kiss ya,
  • Kisses,
  • Hug ya,
  • Hugs and pogo sticks! (my personal favorite),
  • Hugs, kisses, and broken fingers,
  • Hugs and kisses,
  • Love, peace, and chicken grease,
  • Love you now and forever,
  • Love, hugs and kisses,
  • Love you,
  • Love ya,
  • Love your friend,
  • Love you so much,
  • Love always,
  • Lustfully yours,
  • Luv ya,
  • Much love,
  • One Love,
  • Sweet Kisses,
  • With purest love,
  • Xoxo,
  • Wanting you more,
  • "Your girl" always,
  • All my love,
  • All my love forever,
  • Always,
  • Always and forever,
  • Always and truly,
  • Always in my heart,
  • Always your baby,
  • Always yours,
  • Can't wait to see you again,
  • Eternally yours,
  • Forever my love,
  • Forever yours,
  • Forgive me please,
  • Hoping to see you soon,
  • I am forever yours,
  • I love you very, very much,
  • I will love you always,
  • I'll love you always,
  • Longing to see you again,
  • Lots of love,
  • Love always and forever,
  • Love and best wishes,
  • Love and kisses,
  • Love and many kisses,
  • Love forever,
  • Love you,
  • Loving you always,
  • Loving you always and forever,
  • Loving you with all my heart,
  • Many thanks,
  • Missing you,
  • Missing you already,
  • Missing you every moment,
  • My Best,
  • My heart belongs to you always,
  • Patiently yours,
  • Regards,
  • Remembering us,
  • Remembering us the way we were,
  • See you soon (just not too soon),
  • Sending you all my love,
  • Soon to be your wife,
  • Still thinking of you,
  • Thank you for caring,
  • Thanks again for yesterday,
  • Thanks for understanding,
  • Thinking of you,
  • Unabashedly yours,
  • Unconditionally yours,
  • With affection,
  • With all my love,
  • With appreciation,
  • With hope and love,
  • With love,
  • With love and anticipation,
  • With love and expectation,
  • With love and kisses,
  • Written hopefully,
  • You have all my love,
  • You know I love you,
  • Your darling,
  • Your devoted lover,
  • Your endless love,
  • Your eternal soul mate,
  • Your faithful hubby,
  • Your hubby,
  • Your love always,
  • Your loving,
  • Your wife always,
  • Yours always,
  • Yours and only yours,

Sports Letter Closings

  • Keep your stick on the ice,
  • Happy Golfing!

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The best email sign-off, and 14 to avoid

best wishes letter ending

I have the wonderful opportunity to help many International Clergy achieve excellent communication skills. This includes everything from improving their pronunciation and teaching them the stress and intonation patterns of North American English, to learning American idioms and slang, improving comprehension, and increasing vocabulary.

We work on presentation skills, particularly as they relate to delivering homilies that are clear, engaging, motivating, and dynamic.  Learning to use appropriate pausing and stress patterns can transform a boring homily that may put parisioners to sleep to one that is inspirational, energetic, and memorable!

Written communication is yet another area that can be addressed. I have found that many of the priests have difficulty determining the appropriateness of salutations or greetings and closings in letters and email. Their intentions are to express genuine warmth and sincerity, but they need to choose their words carefully to convey the appropriate meaning. In particular, the use of the word “love” should be used judiciously.

Greetings and closings can be formal, informal, or casual. The following are some tips to consider when writing emails or letters:

For greetings, “My loving teacher” woud not be appropriate; it sounds too intimate and this expression is reserved for family members (My loving daughter) or intimate partners (My loving husband). More appropriate greetings would be:

Formal:
Dear Teacher,  Dear (person’s name)

Informal:
Hello (person’s name), Hi (person’s name), Greetings, The person’s name only (John,)

Casual:
Hey (person’s name); this greeting has become more popular in emails and phone conversations. It would be best to avoid this greeting.

For closings of a letter, “With love”  or “love” are again closings that are reserved for intimate or very close relations and are not appropriate in a social or work-related situation. Here is a collection of proper choices for closings:

Formal:
Kind regards, With kind personal regards, Warm regards, With warm regards, Best wishes, With best wishes, Sincerely, Respectfully yours

Informal:
My best, I wish you the best, All the best, Best regards, With blessings, Have a  blessed day, Bless you, Fondly, (reserved for situations when you know the person well and  are conveying warm feelings), Fraternally, May God bless you

Casual:
Cheers, Best

You can still express warmth and caring by using the above closing remarks.  Again, the use of “love” conveys the correct emotion, but it may be interpreted in a different manner; it is best to avoid it.

With warm regards,

Lynda

The perfect way to end an email, especially when you're writing to a stranger, is to keep it simple. As anyone who has sat staring blankly at a screen, weighing " best" versus "all best" 'Best wishes' "Is this a cover letter?.

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