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Monday, March 01, 2010

"Best"; "Kind regards"; "Warmly"; "Cautiously"...

I struggle with goodbyes.  And I also struggle with concluding salutations, particularly in emails.  What's appropriate?   Too friendly?  Too cold?  I don't know...  In any case, it was a pleasure and a privilege to post here this month, and I want to thank you for your tolerance and your feedback.  I learned a lot.

Posted by Ian Bartrum on March 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM | Permalink


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Dear Ian,

Most people seem to skip salutations and closings in email messages, adn it is rare that anyone pays much attention to them when they are present.

I hope you find this helpful. I am

Your humble and obedient servant,


Posted by: John Tanner | Mar 2, 2010 11:01:06 AM

The standard interpretation is that "best" is short for "best wishes" or "best regards," but we've all received email from senders who seem to use it to stand for, "I, the undersigned, have the best opinion of myself."

Posted by: Bridget Crawford | Mar 1, 2010 9:11:33 PM

For some reason, "Best," or "Best Regards," seems to be an academic favorite, and it suits me fine.



Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 1, 2010 3:09:46 PM

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