I was casting around my brain (and the Internet) for topics to blog about today, and I found inspiration here. The author of the post believes that “Best” is the worst way to close an email. I don’t particularly care for “Best” myself, but I wouldn’t consider it the worst by any means. On the whole, I think email closings aren’t something to get terribly worked up about because no matter which one you pick, you’re going to get on someone’s nerves. Unless you habitually sign your emails “F*** off” (in which case, you probably won’t be getting all that many emails).
Because they’re so ubiquitous, email closings come off as insincere, no matter how polite and well thought out they may seem. At work, I use “Thank you” most of the time, and I do sincerely mean it (and when I don’t mean it, I don’t use it). Some people use “Thx,” which is fine for people you know well, but I never use it. Seeing “THX” always reminds me of going to the movie theater. But if I’m rushed and exchanging a quick volley of emails with someone, I will close with just my name, or sometimes go without any closing at all (although it makes me feel like I’m sending a text message).
A closing that bugs me more than “Best” is “Cheers.” It has always struck me as inappropriate for work (and I always picture the person holding a beer stein), but it doesn’t bother me for personal use (although I never use it). I’m also bothered (in a business context) when people use just their first initial as a closing, although I don’t have a good reason for disliking it. It’s just a pet peeve.
For personal use, I tend to sign off with just my name, sometimes with a tilde next to it (~Maggie), probably because it’s a habit left over from the days when I used to use the emoticon ^_^ in every email. I still use emoticons in personal emails (and in blog posts/comments), but at work, I only use them if the other person uses them first — I know they rub some people the wrong way.
So… which closings get on your nerves?