Even the way an email is signed off can add significantly-more-than-many-people-might-have-thought tone to the entire message. And here communication experts debate the use of “best” as an sign-off.
Post swears by “Sincerely,” which he describes as an all-purpose, “safe” e-mail close – the little black dress of sign-offs, if you will. “Yours truly” and “Regards” can also work, Post says, but “Best” is more dangerous territory. “I think it’s more important with ‘Best’ that you know the person,” Post says. “I think it would be very awkward to do that to a person that you only knew very slightly or hadn’t yet met.”