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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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liberaliser
May. 30th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I have a feeling that "kind regards" dates back to some longer archaic expression from a time when "kind" meant something a bit different. Still, I tell my students it's *more* formal than "regards", and advise them not to use it. I never use "best regards" - I have a feeling this is American English, and I'm not convinced it's not muddled with "best wishes". I discourage my students from using "best" - as someone else said, best what?

The only thing that I actually don't like, though, is when someone addresses a letter with just my name - no "Hi", "Hello" or even "Dear", just "Liberaliser" - as if they're shouting at me in the street. But, er, *coughs* I only know one person who addresses their emails in this way. :-D

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