Yesterday, I sent AM an email. As a sign off to the email, I went with “Hope you’re well.” Seems like a nice sign off, right? Apparently, it’s not. AM accused me of being a weirdo and overly formal.
Okay, so I can see how “Hope you’re well” might sound a little formal, especially to a close friend or someone you speak to regularly. But, to be fair, I haven’t seen AM in a while. So inquiring about her well being shouldn’t be too strange, right? Wrong, says AM.
This got me to thinking about the handful of sign offs I tend to use.
There’s “See ya.” Some like the informality of this one. Others find it to be a blow off.
Then there’s “Take care.” Most people seem to like this one as well. But, as with “See ya”, I’ve been told that it sounds like I may never speak to the person again. Like “Take care of yourself because, B.T.W., we are breaking up.” Or that “Take care” is actually code for “Have a nice life… and don’t ever email me again.” I can assure you that, almost always, that’s not the intention.
I also really like “Talk soon,” a sign off that first came to me from GT and one I use often. I’ve not received any complaints about this one, and I think that makes sense. It’s light but engaging, connected but breezy, pushy but not pushy, all at the same time.
There’s also the occasional “Thinking of you,” the very occasional “Miss you,” or the even more elusive “Love you.” These sign offs are always genuine. I am a terrible liar, be it in real time or virtually. I would guess that some like this while others find these sign offs creepy and stalker-ish. Luckily, no one has complained either way, so I will continue to use as needed.
I have also done “Thanks.” “Thanks” is usually an indication of either 1) my appreciation for something, or 2) my complete lack of interest in what I’m writing to you. I suppose it also could mean 3) that you are bothering me. But if you get a “Thanks” from me, assume I’m grateful for something. Even if you don’t know what it is.
I’ve decided that, since it seems that I have surrounded myself with people at least as sensitive as I, I should change my approach all together. Instead of going with something, you know, thoughtful, I am going to try something unexpected. Here are some of my initial thoughts, but it’s by no means exhaustive:
- Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
- Hope you’re not bleeding to death.
- Watch out for that…
- Don’t make out with strangers… I mean, unless you want to.
- Buy me a present.
- You can drink your way through anything.
- Cocaine is one hell of a drug.
- I know your secrets and will write a tell-all book someday.
- Your mom’s a liar.
- It’s not stealing if you say thank you.
- Trying NOT to think of your parents’ making out.
- Honey, there’s a pill for that.
- Good luck with that whole syphilis of the throat thing.
So look out for a “It’s you, not me” sign off from me in the near future.