Creative, funny ways to sign off personal emails
Let’s admit it – most of us don’t change the way we sign off mails or emails all through our lifetime. While professional mails have strict boundaries which make erring on the side of being clichéd seem safer, personal mails lend themselves to different ways of experimentation – giving us a chance to sprinkle freshness and novelty in them. Sign off message is the last component in an email – the one which shall remain etched in the memory of the reader – provided it stands out from the rest.
Let’s check out a few unconventional “sign-offs” that can be employed in personal (e)mails.
Wrongly attributed as the origin of “Sincere”, this phrase is used to show flawlessness & honesty. The story goes thus – In the ancient times, when a sculpture had a crack, the artist used wax to cover it up. Sculptures ‘without wax’ stood as the symbol of honesty and genuineness. I’ve seen this phrase used as a perfect substitute for ‘Sincerely’ to break the monotony.
Generally used to wish someone luck in a new venture or journey, Godspeed has its origins from Middle English phrase “God spede” meaning “may god prosper you’.
Arrivederci, Au revoir, Hasta la vista, Dhanyavad, Adios Amigo, Hakuna Matata
Foreign language “good byes” have been in vogue for quite a while, and it would be nice to sign off with elan using one of these. A few notes though - Adios Amiga should be used if the recipient is a female. 'Hakuna Matata' of the Lion Kings fame is a swahili expression meaning 'No worries'. 'Dhanyavad' is the indian version of 'Thank you'. And, needless to say, Hasta la vista sounds twice as cool when followed by “Baby”!
Yabba dabba doo
Popularized by Fred Flintstone, this cry is almost onomatopoeic in expressing happiness. It can be used to sign off mails that share or induce unbridled joy. How about using this to sign off the message where you share to your relatives that you are a proud father?
May the force be with you
Brought into fashion by Star Wars, this phrase is used to wish luck to someone who is about to embark on a tough challenge. It is a wish of the addresser that providence finds a way to guide the addressee in his mission. Best used, I think, to wish someone good luck before their SAT exams!
A one-word beauty. Sometimes also used to patch things up after a rough weather among friends.
Strength & honor
Quite unconventional (to the extent that I think no one uses it beyond my friends’ group), but a strong phrase. Used by Maximus in the Gladiator before facing the near-demonic forces in a combat.
I hope this was useful, at least as a refresher, to you all. Happy (e)mailing!