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Signature Lines on Email

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments · General, technology

Apropos of nothing in particular and to take a brief break from grading research papers from my University of Maryland class I teach, I was again reminded of one of the problems I have with signature lines from emails (have I mentioned this before?).

Many people have a permanent signature that has some generic sign-off like “Gratefully yours” or “Many thanks” or  “Respectfully yours” or something like that and then their first name on the final line.

However, there are tons of emails where this signature ends up being jarring.

“Dear Second Rate Person,

You have been unreasonable for ever. You don’t return calls, you don’t respond to emails.

Your company provides lousy customer service.

Your children are ugly.

I can’t even believe you found someone willing to mate with you for money let alone be a fellow parent.

Respectfully yours,

– Me”

And such is the electronic world we live in today.

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