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April 10, 2019 Anniversary Wishes For Parents 4 comments

The year 2011 is about to come to an end and many of us would soon be itching to send out New Year best wishes mail to our friends,relatives, colleagues, etc.

It remains a sad fact of life as a social animal that every encounter with another human being presents an opportunity for being misunderstood. This is why social events are awkward, as are greetings of any kind, hugs in general, mouth kissing, questions over coffee vs drinks – and email sign-offs.

Have you ever reached the end of a mail and wondered, how the hell do I end this thing? Even David Cameron got confused, thinking that LOL meant Lots of Love until it was pointed to him that he had got it, um, wrong.

One ending is not equally suitable for all mails, and there are so many choices. These include, but are not limited to:

Kind regards. The standard I rely on for business correspondence. Polite, but a way of indicating lack of anything beyond friendship and therefore rather passive aggressive. Kind regards actually means “I don’t know you from Adam but I’ll pretend I care”. Some people like to live on the edge and use “warm regards” instead. Closely related to kind regards is

Regards. Also a useful catch-all suitable for most purposes, but with one important caveat: I don’t know about you, but if I receive mail from someone I know, and it’s signed off “Kind regards”, “Regards” or any variation on the above, I feel rather affronted. I would never use any of these for colleagues or clients who happen to be friends.

Best wishes. I seldom use this one, and never really know what to make of it. It seems slightly less formal than any of the variations of regards.

All the best sounds strangely apologetic, as though you’re waving goodbye to an intrepid war reporter who’s off on a dangerous mission to the Hindu Kush, one from which he’s unlikely to return.

Best etc. My thesis supervisor used to use this in mails. There’s a rather appealingly Waspish avoidance of emotion in this one, though liable to be interpreted as somewhat perfunctory.

Thanks so much. One I use often, either as a way to sound polite or grateful or both. I often use it when I’m asking for something but don’t want to come across as rude, as in “Dear So-and-so, How is the project going? It’s been a while since I’ve had an update. Please let me know what’s happening. Thanks so much, Sarah.” This is code for: “Dear so-and-so, why the hell haven’t I heard anything? Please consider this a kick up the backside. I am royally peeved, Sarah.”

Thanks. Less strenuous version of “thanks so much”. If I’m asking for something, and there’s been a bit of back and forth, this is what I use.

Ciao, Cheerio. I rely on these for relatively informal communication with people with whom I’m on friendly terms. Jaunty, but (hopefully) not overfamiliar.

Have a wonderful day/evening/week/weekend. This is me trying to be vaguely original and mildly nice and probably failing miserably.

Then we get to the people I know well. The funny thing is, the better I know you, the less likely I am to bother with either greetings or goodbyes. For people I am close to, I dispense with sign-offs altogether. This then brings in the question of whether to end a piece of written communication with Sarah or S and
☺ or

That, of course, is a minefield of potential misunderstandings in its own right. At what point, for example, does one cross the threshold between xx and xxx? And what happens if I err on the side of enthusiasm? I honestly don’t know, and probably never will.

Thank you for reading this.

Have a wonderful week,


PS I was intending to be the zillionth blogger to upload something about the Spear of the Nation. But I’m not sure I can add anything useful or interesting to the debate, so I’m sticking to the shallow and unimportant escapist stuff instead.

Tags: awkward email signoffs, best wishes, David Cameron, email etiquette, kind regards, LOL

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Hello, Forum,
Can "best wishes", at the end of an email, be used only for your subordinates or equals, not for your seniors?
Suppose you work as a science editor for a publishing company and the head of your department, HOD science, is very open and friendly with you and the other science team members. You receive an email from the head of your department having as an attachment a file you need. Can you reply to the mail, saying
Thank you.
Best wishes,

or is "best wishes" used only for juniors and equals, not seniors? I don't think "Best wishes" has anything to do with seniority. I know "regards" can be used but that's another story.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.
I would never use the phrase "best wishes" to sign any kind of correspondence with anyone. The phrase might make sense if you were wishing someone well on some occasion, such as "best wishes on your retirement", or "best wishes on your promotion", but a general and non-specific 'best wishes" makes little sense to me.

Why not just close with "Thank you"?
Thank you. Yes, here we follow British style and customs in letters, emails, etc. more commonly. I hope some BE speakers shed light on the subject from BE perspective. Thanks.
I happily use Best wishes with absolutely anyone I genuinely wish well to, regardless of circumstances, social standing, in/formality, or any other consideration.
Mind you, I am just one BrE speaker, Hon. EMP

By contrast, I never ever use Regards which always strikes me as cold and meaningless
Best wishes to you too, Monsieur Barque.
Lots of love,

Okay, I admit it: I may sometimes come across as a bit gushy in my correspondence ...


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I do use "Best wishes" as a sign-off on occasion, but I wouldn't use it in your context, Emp - it somehow falls between two stools. It's not formal enough for a boss, and it's too much of a stock phrase to use with a good friend.*

I would vote for GWB's solution: just finish with "Thank you".

(*That's also a personal view, of course.)
I do use "Best wishes" as a sign-off on occasion, but I wouldn't use it in your context, Emp - it somehow falls between two stools. It's not formal enough for a boss, and it's too much of a stock phrase to use with a good friend.*

I would vote for GWB's solution: just finish with "Thank you".

(*That's also a personal view, of course.)
Hello, Loob!
What would you say in a message to a boss in BrE? If "Best regards" are no good, then what to put at the end of an e-mail?

I know of course 'Sincerely / Sincerely Yours", but doesn't that sound too formal to be put in each and every e-mail?


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Hi kayve

As I said, I would finish with the previous word in Emp's draft: "Thank you". I don't use any formulaic expressions to sign off business emails: not Regards, not Yours sincerely, just my name.
Hi kayve

As I said, I would finish with the previous word in Emp's draft: "Thank you". I don't use any formulaic expressions to sign off business emails: not Regards, not Yours sincerely, just my name.
Okay, so I understand this would not look impolite, would it, if you were my boss? -


We met with J at his office this morning, ....


If you are replying to someone, finish with whatever form they finished with.
Yes, thanks, this a smart approach I think.
Not with Indian egoistic bosses. They will ask you to use more respectful/submission-showing subscription than they use.
How do you manage to handle this?
When I studied French I remember we learnt a big variety of sentences that could be used in closing of letters, and those ranged from short to two-lines long ones, so one could carefully manage the level of politeness / respect and submission he/she wanted to demonstrate.

But in English I am not aware of a great number of options...
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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.

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Word of Mouth has been exploring new emerging etiquette, where digital natives might be going wrong, and what different sign offs say about who we are (or who we want to be). This is what we've learnt...

1. Yours faithfully

Following traditional etiquette, if there is ‘dear sir’ or ‘dear madam’ at the top of your letter or email, then you should sign off with ‘yours faithfully’ or ‘yours truly.’

We know that the custom of signing off with ‘yours’ dates back to at least the 15th century, by studying letters from the Paston family that survive to this day. In a letter from 1426, William Paston signed off with ‘your man’.

2. Yours sincerely

If your letter is addressed to a specific person, whose name you can put in writing, then you should sign off with ‘yours sincerely.’

3. V best

If you want to tell the recipient that you’re busy, without wasting time putting it into words, then signing off ‘v best’ is one option – it demonstrates that you’re too short of time to even type ‘very’ out in full. As Michael Rosen points out, however, predictive text doesn’t like ‘v best’ and will convert it to ‘vest’. Rather than seeming busy, the sender can come across as obsessed with thermal wear.

I've never seen that phrase used, so may be better to look up common closings for letters. For example, depending on the audience there is.

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