Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hello Together

Hello together,

What is up with my e-mail communication? Has anyone else noticed strange e-mail habits happening to them since living abroad? Before I moved to Switzerland, I never signed e-mails off with “Cheers”. I don’t know if this is a British thing or a non-native English speaker Swiss thing or what, but I do it all the time now. Previously, I think I just signed my name or wrote, “thanks” and my name.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that people are more formal with their emails here. They always write “Dear so and so” and close with “lovely greetings” etc. I guess this reflects the fact that people are more formal in everyday life as well. I mean, it did take me an entire year before my neighbor told me that big secret thing otherwise known as her first name.

Anyhow, I’d be interested in your thoughts and send you lovely greetings in the process.

One Big Yodel


cam said...

Same with me!

Now I sign emails off with "Cheers", "Best", "Regards", or sometimes when I'm feeling very generous, "Best Regards".
Some of my other American friends have said the exact same thing.

Chantal said...

Good to know I'm not alone :)

Wording Dervish said...

years ago i noticed that many account planners signed off with "cheers" but most of them were actually british. then i noticed that people who worked with them did the same. i've done it a few times myself. oh well, it's better than "later."

Chantal said...

Yeah, maybe it is a British thing that's infecting us all...


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