Is it true that people no longer write letters?
And schools no longer teach penmanship?
Although I’ve always loved writing letters, I’ve had the same question that I’ve always had at the end of each correspondence: how do you end the letter? What word do you use before you sign?
“Sincerely” is formal and business like.
“Yours truly” is old fashioned.
“Love” is too personal.
“Fondly” conveys a positive but non-promisory feeling.
“Best” is general and can mean just about anything.
“Warm wishes.” is cozy.
I propose some new sign-off words. They should be specific to the tone of the letter. If I wrote a note complaining about the political tone in this country I could sign it, “Rebelliously, Ronnie.”
If I resented the abundance of commercials of commercial television channels I might sign my comments with “For Blocking ads, Ronnie”
If I were writing a note about the history of our town I might sign my letter with “Antiquely yours, Ronnie.”
Have you any ideas about this quandary?