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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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davesangel
May. 29th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I've no problem with someone using 'kindly'/'with kind regards'...to me, it comes across as polite. I don't like people using 'best' with nothing following it. 'Best wishes' is fine, I use that a lot when contacting lecturers/postgrads/etc and I've had no problems in that regard. But when it's just 'Best' on its own, you're sometimes left thinking 'best what?'

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