26 November 2006

Email salutations and closings

There was an article in the Times today about email salutations and closings. I usually use Hi and Best if I am talking with friends, or Dear and Love if I am emailing family.
I disagree with the article, I think Best is very nice and warm, and isn't cold at all. If I am emailing a professor (not so much anymore) or someone I don't want to use Best on for some reason, I just use my email signature, and if I am emailing a potential employer, I use Dear so-and-so: and Sincerely, since I don't think you can go wrong with that.
I used to sign emails with a slash -- /Douglas -- but someone I knew did not like that, so I changed to Best.
I'd never use xoxo as this article says some people do. I think it could convey the wrong impression.
As a side note, I don't like the use of Very Truly Yours in legal correspondence. Yours implies that I belong to someone, and I don't. Sincerely serves its purpose as a closing just as well.
I guess maybe this all goes to show that one should not read too much into closings.


Danielle said...

I agree with your opinion on "Very Truly Yours." Frankly, I think it sounds a little creepy. My boss uses it for all his correspondence, however I stick with Sincerely.

Jerry said...

I disagree wholeheartedly. To be so literal with the word "yours" is completely unwarranted. It is an (albeit anachronistic) form of respect, a shortening of "your servant."

If you want to be literal, apply it to "sincerely" as well.


I am writing a letter to you.

Telling The Truth,