When I was a young lad, selling gumballs to family and pens I obtained for free to my school friends (at exorbitant prices, I might add) I one day stumbled across a Microsoft Word feature that offered stock closings: sincerely, very truly yours, etc. I soon became enthralled at the myriad ways one can end an email or letter. There was a stretch of time when I literally tried to change up my closing for each email I had with someone. Seth Levine — better known in blogland as the man who rocks to disco music — recently provided a humorous analysis of all the ways you can end letters. Here are my takes.
- Aloha — This has been my go-to closing for the past several months. Some people have told me, "Hey! Aloha means hello. You can’t close with that." Not so. "Aloha" encompasses love, peace, good fortune, and best wishes. See Managing With Aloha for more. And no, I’ve never been to Hawaii.
- Cheers – I’m a happy guy, and I want you to know that.
- Best – I don’t want to spend time thinking of something more creative.
- All the best – It’s been awhile.
- Sincerely – I’m really formal. I probably wear heavy starched dress shirts.
- Thanks – Your time is valuable, I respect that. Note: repeated use of this closing dilutes its meaning.
- Hope all is well – I don’t give a shit how well you are, but I’m supposed to.
- Warm regards – I have a high EI, thus I can inject "warmth" into plain regards.
- [nothing but your name] – I’m as plain as vanilla ice cream.
- [nothing but the first letter of your name] – I’m so busy, I can’t even type a few more letters.
- Very truly yours – If in an email, the person is probably not a native speaker.
- Cordially – I got too greedy with Microsoft Word thesaurus.
- Best wishes – A sincere good luck and don’t talk to me again.
- Onwards – Things couldn’t be worse, but there’s got to be better times ahead. Then again, maybe not.
So know that the next time you send me an email I am going to psycho-analyze the bejesus out of it!!