Your email sign-off says more about you than you think – 11 unkind regards
How do you sign off your emails? Do you always do it the same way, or do you have a special curt “Regards” for that idiot in HR who didn’t find your “Naked Thursdays” joke funny? Student, Julia Burnham, has given it a lot of thought and her conclusions about what email sign-offs mean has gone viral, because it hits home with so many of us.
See if you agree with her.
I woke up in a cold sweat last night to create this content. I present: the Email Sign-off Alignment pic.twitter.com/SkNpXxrj5V
— Julia Burnham (@juliarburnham) August 9, 2019
Almost everybody had a take on this, and we really enjoyed these. So much snark.
If I end an email with "Regards," it means you have disappointed me and/or burnt down my home. https://t.co/MNeBPtcbGU
— Gary Bainbridge (@Gary_Bainbridge) August 10, 2019
I use kind regards, then drop the kind when they're on thin ice. https://t.co/qeL48gHpLr
— James (@J3Lyon) August 10, 2019
Always suspected I was chaotic good. Or a wannabe Brit. https://t.co/2Kj4TI4YDW
— Duane Swierczynski (@swierczy) August 10, 2019
Canadian good: Sorry!
Canadian neutral: With apologies,
Canadian evil: Please accept my sincere apologies, https://t.co/uPseyiXTUH
— Lisa Young (@JLisaYoung) August 11, 2019
First time in my life I've been a lawful evil
— Angry Staff Officer (@pptsapper) August 10, 2019
This chart is so unbelievably cursed. I can’t believe it put “Best,” the most lawful evil of all email signatures possible anywhere even near the good row. People who sign their emails “Best,” would absolutely murder you and steal your clothes if they could get away with it https://t.co/kBa4GsmGtV
— Christine 🔜 PAXW (@christinelove) August 11, 2019
As inspired by an old boss (for whom I typed many many emails), I maintain a hierarchy of sign offs.
Best wishes = standard, I genuinely wish you well
Best = you’ve made me send one too many emails and I’m slightly annoyed by it
Regards = I *will* fight you in these streets
— TyrannoLAURusrex (@LMcRoars) August 9, 2019
“Happy to discuss this further” = “This matter is now closed, and I do not expect to hear another word about it”. https://t.co/KxWKjGZuYZ
— Dave Jones 🏴🏳️🌈 (@WelshGasDoc) August 10, 2019
I’d like to propose “Take care” as true Neutral
— Samuel West (@exitthelemming) August 10, 2019
"Respectfully" is chaotic final boss level evil
— Jon Renaut (@ebooksyearn) August 9, 2019
I sign off with:
The lack of a comma is intentional, as I *am* the Best Eric.
— Eric Young (@AustinBeerGeek) August 10, 2019
One person had a chilling tale.
I had a coworker that signed “TTFN” (ta ta for now) didn’t even know what to do about it. Still sends shivers down my spine.
— Morgan Mad-Eye Moody (@MorganMoody9) August 10, 2019