Last Updated Jun 16, 2010 10:17 AM EDT
A lot of readers weighed in -- some called the very idea rubbish, while others admitted they were personally offended by some sign-offs. In particular: When a presumptive "thanks" is used as a standard closing.
That's not, it seems, the end of the story.
I was amused to see the topic flare up again, this time at WebWorkerDaily, where Dave Clarke evaluated the real meanings of the most common sign-offs.
- Cheers signals a sense of worldliness. This sign-off says "I'm casual, yet professional."
- Thanks can sound patronizing -- "Just do what I've asked in the body of this email, and let's leave it at that."
- Best might literally imply, "I wish good things for you," but chances are that tone doesn't mesh with what you've communicated above.
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