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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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frumiousb
May. 29th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
but isn't that saying that your regards are intended kindly rather than that the writer themselves is kind?

When I first started at IKEA, I was confused that everyone signed their emails "bregs" and I thought that it was some odd Swedish saying until I realized that company culture had collectively shorted "best regards" for email purposes.

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