“There are few elements of modernity as vexing as the question of how to sign off from an email.”

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Thu, Jul 18th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

In case you're wondering what the best way to end an email is, The Guardian's Ben Pobjie gives you a helpful breakdown on what not to use.

There was a time when I attempted to make “cheers” more interesting by imagining that it referred to the popular sitcom starring Ted Danson, and thus began signing off emails by namechecking various 1980s comedies. However, as novel as this is, in the end signing off with “The Golden Girls, Ben” or “Family Ties, Ben” tends to come off a bit unprofessional, especially when dealing with HR.So what else can we use? You can sign off with “thanks”, but that is more often than not just confusing if your email contains no hint of gratitude at all. An email which ends with thanks that isn’t thanking anyone for anything is just kind of weird — it’s the email sign-off equivalent of someone staring at you for slightly too long.From there, the options get progressively more problematic. You can sign off with “regards”, which means, quite literally, “I have no regard for you at all”. Or you can use the more extreme “warmest regards”, which means, “never contact me again you insufferable bastard”. Then there’s “yours”, which means, “I don’t even know who you are or what you wrote to me about”, and its cousin, “yours sincerely”, which means, “you owe me money and I will make your life a living hell until I get it”.

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