I stopped worrying about my e-mail sign off 10 years ago, but according to this NYT piece, many people are still trying to figure it out.Â But I find now that my habitual “Best, H.” sign off isn’t admired by all.
She may have been the only one who thought that. The return message closed with the dreaded â€œBest.â€? It left her feeling as though she had misread the evening. â€œI felt like, â€˜Oh, thatâ€™s kind of formal. I donâ€™t think he liked me,â€™ â€? she said, laughing. â€œA chill came with the â€˜Best.â€™ â€? They have not gone out since.
â€œBestâ€? does have its fans, especially in the workplace, where it can be an all-purpose step up in warmth from messages that end with no sign-off at all, just the sender coolly appending his or her name.
â€œI use â€˜Bestâ€™ for all of my professional e-mails,â€? said Kelly Brady, a perky publicist in New York. â€œItâ€™s friendly, quick and to the point.â€?
If you get an e-mail from me, here’s hint: Don’t read too much into “Best, H.”