How Do You Sign Your Emails?

I sign my emails like this:

“Best,

Jamey”

The other day it occurred to me that this is a bit of an odd way to sign an email.

Don’t get me wrong: I like “Best” quite a bit, and I’m sticking with it. It makes perfect sense of you know it’s short for “Best regards.”

But some people may not know that. For them, it’s probably pretty weird to see a superlative adjective as a signature. It really makes no sense in that contest. I might as well sign my emails “Curliest”.

I was curious about when I started using this signature, so I looked back at the oldest emails Gmail has on file for me (2006). Depending on the recipient, I used the following sign-off words. I take no responsibility for my 23-year-old self:

  • Thank you
  • Thanks!
  • Love
  • Oh kisses (it’s no excuse, but this was written to my girlfriend)
  • Kisses back at ya (girlfriend again)
  • (just my name)
  • (no signature at all, not even a name)
  • Take care
  • Have a good day!
  • I hope all is well
  • Good luck!
  • Later
  • Best wishes

I can’t imagine juggling so many sign-off words! Life is simpler now with just “Best” (and sometimes “Thanks”). Though it would have been an interesting life decision to go with “Oh kisses” on all emails, regardless of the recipient.

What’s your sign-off word of choice? Has it changed over time?