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.

Without wax

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!

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Laura Ginn 5 years ago from UK

Awesome article... I will try the Star Wars reference when I next send an email! It's a great idea!!

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Shiv Das 5 years ago from India Author

Thanks a lot, Laura. I'm glad you liked it!

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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast

Good article. I also enjoyed the Star Wars reference. :)

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Shiv Das 5 years ago from India Author

Thanks, Reprieve26!

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I really enjoyed this very fresh hub. I need to look up Hasta la Vista -- and I really laughed at Yabba dabba doo.


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Shiv Das 5 years ago from India Author

Thanks, Pamela!

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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Good and interesting article, well done.

Best Wishes.

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