I don't know what type of letter that I should use ' regards ' or ' best regards ' to end it. Actually, what it really means is beyond me. Can anyone.
Some people swing the other way and end their emails with an altogether friendlier tone. While most would consider that kisses have no place in a business environment, they often creep into emails – and sometimes from people the recipient has never even met. For some, an "x" at the end of an email is a friendly endnote; for others it is totally inappropriate.
What’s clear is that some British terms used to end emails just do not translate well. A casual "cheers" is frequently used as a sign off on UK emails, but can be utterly perplexing for other nationalities. Not surprising when a hearty "cheers" also can be used for clinking glasses at the pub, or to thank a checkout person at the supermarket.
For Rosen, emails now occupy a halfway house between texts and letters.
"The key thing is that emails aren't the same as letters. I position them in my mind as a sort of halfway place between texts and hard copy letters: nearly formal but not totally formal, but they're not as informal as 'CU in a MNT on bus OMW'," says Rosen.
And, he adds given their place in this ambiguous no-man’s land of communication, it follows that there will continue to be a whole raft of ways to say "goodbye".
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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" or "Yours sincerely". But which of these signoffs should you use and when?
"Best regards" is probably the most popular signoff for an email or letter. It can be used both formally in a professional or business setting, but it can also be used informally, say in birthday card or personal letter. If you are really unsure of which to include "Best regards" is probably the best and safest choice for you.
"Kind regards" is usually a little more formal than "Best regards". We would recommend to use "Kind regards" in a professional email or business letter where you feel comfortable with the person you are emailing or writing to, and it should not be used personal correspondence. Using another sentence before "Kind regards" can either make you sound less or more professional, as you are required to be, for example:
Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any further queries.
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I look forward to talking to you more soon, enjoy your day!
Using just the words "Regards" would definitely be in a professional business email or letter. We also think that it doesn't necessarily invoke as much "kindness" or "lightheartedness", as "Kind regards". It may be used by someone that keeps their emails short and sweet and someone that doesn't have to go overboard with kindness. If you are using just "Regards", be careful that you don't come off to the person you are writing to, as not caring about the business or opportunity that you are writing about.
We have mixed feelings about using the words "Warm regards" in business emails or professional correspondence. If you know the customer or client personally that you are emailing, we think this is okay, but if you writing cold emails or emailing potential customers that have only inquired about your services and have not yet bought, stick to something more like "Kind regards" or "Best regards" until you get to know them more. Also, "Warm regards" may be more likely to be used in festive message or at a time when more "warmth" is required, for example:
Happy holidays to you and your family.
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. My deepest condolences.
"Yours sincerely" is a very professional way to end a business email or letter, but if you're only a small business, we would advise with going with something a little less formal. Leave "Yours sincerely" for the corporate companies, and get a little more personal with your email by using "Kind regards" or "Best regards" instead. However, if you are writing to a corporate company about a potential job or internship, where they are likely to use "Yours sincerely" in a more formal setting, we would recommend using it too.
Do people even use "Yours faithfully" any more? We certainly haven't come across it in any business or personal correspondence in the last five to ten years. Our recommendation, go with something a little more modern and upbeat, or have a good reason to be writing the particular word "faithfully".
I never cheated on you with your best friend.
We actually really like this one. It can be used in professional or informal writing. It invokes a sense of kindness that you are wishing them all the best, but it's shorter than saying "I wish you all the best". Use this if you don't need to be overly formal and are ok with more of a relaxed tone with the person you are emailing.
Since 2014, over 8,000 people have taken our poll! We asked the question, what signoff do you use? Here's the results.
1. Kind regards (1,620 votes)
2. Best regards (1,366 votes)
3. Regards (699 votes)
4. Other (351 votes)
5. All the best (332 votes)
6. Yours sincerely (189 votes)
7. Warm regards (156 votes)
8. No signoff (67 votes)
9. Yours faithfully (55 votes)
The people that voted in our poll came from all over the globe.
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en Newton Blade sends his best regards
en Give Geneviève my best regards, and I shall not fail to visit you
en Best regards! Mail handwriting.
en Duplessis sends you his best regards.
en Full many a lady I have eyed with best regard and many a time the harmony of their tongues hath into bondage brought my too diligent ear
en Best regards, etc.
en Please give her my best regards.
en Please send the best regards of the U.S. president to the royal sultan.
en Best regards from George and Gilda.
en Newton Blade sends his best regards.
en Give my best regards...... to Mrs. Barnier
en Uh, he sends his best regards to you
en Phyllis sends her best regards.
en Feri Ats sent his best regards and told us to say that you should get better!
en Send him my best regards.
en Best regards and kisses.I remain... your sister
en Give Mrs. Bolwieser my best regards.
en Miss Desiree gives her best regards and says you shouldn't be sorry.
en Eh, he sends his best regards to you
en 'Oh, by the way, your girlfriend sends her best regards.'
en Best regards.
en Best regards Fredrik Nilsson, head doctor.
en Best regards, Louis Drax. "
en But please give her my best regards
en Best regards for Carola.
The closing: "Kind regards" Bates: This is a great all-purpose business salutation. It may be best for people you have corresponded with in the.
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You've just finished composing an email to a potential client you've talked with a few times before. Now for the tricky part: your sign-off. Should you use "Sincerely," "Kind regards" or "Cheers"? How do you sound friendly without coming across as unprofessional? And then there are the emails to your employees, business contacts and friendly acquaintances.
Unfortunately, there's no "email bible" to guide you. That's why we contacted two business communication experts to discuss what's appropriate. Suzanne Bates, president and CEO of Bates Communications, Inc. and author of Speak Like a CEO: Secrets For Commanding Attention and Getting Results, and Cherie Kerr, founder of ExecuProv and author of The Bliss or "Diss" Connection? Email Etiquette For The Business Professional, pair up to give expert insight into the world of e-mail correspondence.
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Read on to find out what message your favorite e-mail goodbye is actually sending.
The closing: "Thanks"
Bates: It's OK if you're actually thanking people. But keep in mind it's casual; you should know them if you're using this sign-off.
Kerr: This is one of the safest and most courteous of the salutations. It keeps it pleasant, but professional.
The closing: "Ciao"
Bates: This isn't for business, except for fashion, art or real Italians.
Kerr: "Ciao" should only be used for close buddies or work pals. It's not appropriate for business purposes.
The closing: "Sincerely"
Bates: Tried and true for a formal business close, and you'll never offend anyone.
Kerr: A bit too formal for e-mail. This salutation can put people off. People really expect this in a letter, not an e-mail.
The closing: "Kind regards"
Bates: This is a great all-purpose business salutation. It may be best for people you have corresponded with in the past.
Kerr: This is one I use quite often. I like some kind of warmth, but also keep it business-like. I tend to use "Kindest regards."
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The closing: "Regards"
Bates: It's less friendly than "Kind regards," and can be a bit perfunctory, but it generally works well.
Kerr: This salutation is a little short and a little distant, but at least it's a closing message.
The closing: "Best"
Bates: "Best" is colloquial, but fine for someone you know. "Best wishes" or "Best regards" would be better for business.
Kerr: This is another acceptable sign-off, especially if you're using it with someone you know really well.
The closing: "Cheers"
Bates: Only use this sign-off for friends and business colleagues you might meet for coffee.
Kerr: You can use this with someone you know well, but if you're trying to make a business impression, this is not a great way to say goodbye when you're first doing business with someone. Save it for after having established a bond.
The closing: "TGIF"
Bates: Never use this salutation for your boss.
Kerr: Use it for a good work buddy at clock-out time on Friday.
The closing: "Talk soon"
Bates: Very nice for a friend, but you better mean it.
Kerr: It's a nice way to sign-off. It lets the other person know there will be phone or face time soon, and that's important and appreciated in this wacky age of e-mail. People need to talk more.
The closing: "Later"
Bates: Not appropriate for business correspondence; it sounds like you're 14 years old.
Kerr: Only use this salutation in friendly business relationships.
The closing: "Cordially"
Bates: It's a little old-fashioned, but not offensive.
Kerr: This is safe and pleasant and gives people a "feel good" close at the end of your e-mail.
The closing: "Yours truly"
Bates: Excellent for formal business.
Kerr: Too formal for e-mail.
The closing: No closing at all -- just an electronic signature
Bates: There is a school of thought that an email is not a letter; I don't subscribe to that. I think most people come to the end of a note and expect a closing. It could come across as abrupt without one. It may also subtly say, "I'm in a hurry," "I don't know how to sign- off," or "I'm not someone who cares about niceties."
Kerr: Always use a salutation, but don't be redundant. Change it up. That makes people think you care by taking the time to "converse" with them by email.
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Aside from closings, Bates and Kerr pointed out a few other email faux pas:
Ist "with best regards" im englischen Sprachraum gebräuchlich oder eher eine wörtliche Übersetzung unseres "mit freundlichen Grüßen".