Sincerely, Truly Yours…Or Are You?

Some email signatures are so ridiculous. Why doesn’t anyone use ‘Yours Truly,’ ‘From,’ or ‘Sincerely’ anymore? It seems like everyone tries to be lovey-dovey in a last attempt to create a bond with someone. Honestly, some lines just make me want to vomit.

Here are some closing lines that I can’t stand and my interpretations of them:

Cheers – Well I don’t know about you, but there isn’t any Bailey’s Irish Cream in my coffee this morning. By the way, thanks for getting my after work drink in my head at 9 am. Are you even from England? Cheerio, yo.

God Bless – Unless you’re writing for the Chattanooga Christian Family Magazine, there is no reason to ever write this to someone. Thanks for rejecting my pitch, but it’s okay! God will forgive you.

Best Wishes – What is it, my birthday? I really appreciate the thought, but my birthday is September 10th. Are you being sarcastic and really don’t want to wish me a Happy Birthday? Best wishes to you on finding another closing line.

Warm(est) Regards – Warm? Seriously? Am I not good enough for Hot Regards? You can only give me a moderately cooked regards? People, I like my apple pie warm and a la mode, but not my regards. Gee, thanks for using the half-way adjective when e-mailing me. You could have at least heated my regards all the way. Are you trying to make me all cozy inside and ‘warm’ up to you?

Deepest Sympathies – Wow, thanks for making me think of my dead family member while you were rejecting my e-mail to you. Apparently rejecting an e-mail requires the same responses that are used to convey the message that your lover is dead and was hit by the NJTransit train.

K? – Can you be any more of a snot? I got the message, and your attitude is definitely not appreciated after I just read through your junk that you sent me. Take your K? and shove it.

As for me, I usually stick to a simple ‘Best’. I’ll let you decide what word you want to add into the mix, whether it be ‘Best Thanks’, ‘Best Regards’, ‘Best Fun’, etc.

Every single closing line can be interpreted the wrong way, except for one…And someday I will use this line with every e-mail that I send – ‘May the Force Be With You…’

Share the lines you use, and I would love to hear ones that you hate!

Editor’s Note: Realizing that our audience has grown quite a bit in the nearly three years since we’ve started publishing we’re choosing to republish posts that many of you may have missed that continue to provide thought provoking reading.  This post originally ran in PRBC on September 8, 2009.

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  • Luke Freeman

    My preference is to scrap the bs and just put my name. Does anyone actually find that rude?

  • http://twitter.com/IliyanaStareva Iliyana Stareva

    This is such a great and funny article! I hate the ‘Cheers’ one too! As for me, I stick to ‘Sincerely’ and ‘Best/Kind Regards’.
    Luke, I think it is nice and polite to use some of those lines. Of course, if it is a long email conversation and this is let’s say the 3rd email already, I would also just put my name. 

  • Pat Brink

    How about: “Live long and prosper”

  • http://twitter.com/coolsosa Sam Sosa-Rodriguez

    Luke, I wouldn’t be surprised if some did.  Many of the people I work with have a hard enough time interpreting body language, so imagine losing that AND a sign off in one message!

  • http://twitter.com/coolsosa Sam Sosa-Rodriguez

    I use “genuinely”.  It’s essentially the same as “sincerely”, but if I learned anything from my creative writing classes that roll over into PR, it’s “say it different”.

  • Chal23

    I go for “All the best,” You pick what this means. It’s kind of like a “Choose Your Own Adventure!” 

  • Miketrainor9429

    I no longer use Regards.  In a quick email to a reporter I was working on a story with, I mistakenly replied with “Retards”  Thankfully she had a sense of humor

  • Anonymous

    Serious question: as long as it doesn’t invoke religion in the workplace/is not offensive, who cares? Do people really give a second thought to how others sign their emails, or look down upon those who sign them a certain way? The very thought astounds me.

    For the record, I use “Best,” and no one’s said a thing about it.

  • Marisa Vallbona

    I prefer “All my best.” If you just write “Best,” it feels like you were too rushed to say goodbye. I get it, I know. It’s casual. And it all depends on whom you’re addressing. We all have our preferences and we all interpret things differently. That’s the peril of e-mail communication.

  • http://caffeinatedocmommy.blogspot.com/ Caffeinated OC Mommy

    Love this Darling,
    Made me giggle and now I have to fix my lipstick… Now for my ridiculous closing… 
    Cups Up!  xoxo

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  • livypooh

    what about in all humbleness?