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Kindly

Triggered by a business email I just sent and by various musings on my f-list:

I really hate people signing off emails or messages "With kind regards". It's not up to me to describe myself as being kind, it's up to the recipient of my supposed kindness to decide if I am getting it right.

I much prefer "With best regards" to someone I don't know, or "Best" to people I do know. I am better placed than anyone to judge if I am sending them my best. Sure, "best" has something of the value of "most favoured nation" about it, but that's still not bad.

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kelvix
May. 29th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
k thanx bai
I don't know: I've stuck to the ys/yf convention for ages on business letters. KR just seems an extension of this, when I actually mean something more, erm, friendly/sympathetic/grateful than the usual closing convention.

Written communication is so difficult to get right, especially in a business context: I think that the address and closing words do not have their exact meaning anymore. If translated, the most horribly amusing results come out: my H had a letter from a recruiter addressed "beloved Mr W" which was entertaining :)
lasultrix
May. 29th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: k thanx bai
...I long for the fruits of your warm employment?

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