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What Does Your Email Signature Really Mean?
Turns out, a simple “best” signoff may not be so simple. It’s hardly shocking that words and usage can have varying interpretations based on context, author and audience. But did you know that applies to your email signature as well? … And it’s a trending topic.
In short, a vast array of seemingly harmless signoffs can be translated as passive aggressive—or altogether rude or nasty. Case in point, the latest tea sweeping social that “best” apparently means “go f*** yourself.” So we had to ask: If “best” can be so abrasive and duplicitous, how can the other seemingly harmless signoffs we’re using on the daily be interpreted? So we dug deep. Here, find our comprehensive guide on what your email signature really means—and which ones won’t get you in trouble.
Thank you = I am not thankful at all and am furious I even had to send you an email.
Regards = I really don’t care.
Sincerely = This is the most insincere email I’ve ever sent.
Talk soon = Never contact me again.
Looking forward to hearing from you = You will get a followup email from me in less than 24 hours if I don’t get a reply.
Bye = I couldn’t be bothered to come up with anything more courteous to say.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts = I could care less about what you think.
Hope this helps = You’re an idiot.
Do not hesitate to contact me = Please hesitate.
Take care = I hope you have a horrible day/week/year.
Ta ta = I’m pretending to be British today.
See you soon = I hope we never have to come face to face.
Hope this is OK = It better be OK.
Thank you! – An exclamation point shows that you truly are thankful!
Cheers – Save this one for a friend/colleague you’re close to—or if you’re meeting the contact for drinks later.
[Your name] – The safest sendoff of all is to not even have one!
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