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?
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Great suggestions; thanks, Helen!
I enjoy writing real letters and most of my friends enjoy receiving them. I’ve given up on those old traditional endings. Like you, I try to sign with something that fits the person.
Keep writing letters,
I will definitely keep writing, and I discovered a wonderful new audience: Grandchildren.
How exciting it is for them to receive a piece of snail mail addressed to each of them.
Well then, try harder!
It seems love and xoxo etc. are used so much they’ve become meaningless. I agree– best, sincerely, yours truly sound too formal and old fashioned. I had a principal who signed his memos “educationally yours” which I found pompous. A dilemma for sure! And who writes letters! That said, I’m big stickler for thank you notes and try to write them as well. Not a texter, so don’t have that issue. I tend to use sincerely or sincerely yours for business type correspondence. Good luck finding the solution; eager to see the responses.
I’ll probably come up with a different word for each letter I write, depending on its content and meaning.