The New York Times ran an
article on email sign-offs in late 2006 that was brought to my attention by
a recent BlogHer post. Evidently, “Best”
is seen as overly formal and brusque, though only minimally when used in a
business email. I learned to use “Best” from my colleagues and it seems to be
the sign-off of choice here at Horn Group. I used to use “Take care” but then
that sounded patronizing coming from the intern/AAE so I
How much does a sign-off affect how an email is received? I know I’ll form a negative opinion of someone (for better or worse) if grammar or spelling mistakes are present (though I’m getting lazier about editing myself). Does it and should it matter (barring the completely inappropriate such as “xoxo”)?
There's already a bit of discussion on this over at my personal journal. Your thoughts?