Greetings and letter closings, emails cause concern


In the process of closing my law firm and trying to find something meaningful to do, I have become more observant.

I have always found the way people close an email or a letter fascinating. I use “Sincerely” in a business letter and “Take care of yourself” in an e-mail. Sincerely means exactly what I said: that I took the time to write a letter that makes a request, thanks someone for their help, or that I want the recipient to understand exactly what I mean.

As a young lawyer, I used to meet lawyers who signed a letter with “Sincerely” or “Really yours”.

Really, Mr. or Mrs. Lawyer, are you really really theirs? I think it’s reserved for your spouse or the love of your life. I am truly only truly yours for my wonderful Mark Pomeroy and my lovely children Sarah and Michael. So at some level, this connection seems wrong.

Then there is the formal greeting “cordially”. OK, folks, that sounds too formal. If you write a kind letter, aren’t you already cordial? And in my dictionary, the cordial is described as a stimulant. It reminds me of the book “Anne… the house of green gables”, when Anne and her friend Diana drank Marilla’s raspberry syrup. Thanks, author Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Now people rarely write formal business letters. On the contrary, emails and texts are the order of the day.

And now, my favorite pet peeve: those who sign their emails with “Best”. The best what? Better at what? Are you the best, or am I the best? It’s crazy.

With texts, I often focus on how my adult children sign. For example, Michael will sign a quick text with “Kk”. I understand, but does it really take longer to write “OK”? Wait, at least he stays in touch. Thanks Michel.

I’ll text Sarah a lot during the work week with a hilarious observation about our mutual careers as lawyers. She will often respond with “hehehe”. Or I will respond with “bahahah”. There are times when we just can’t laugh out loud, so I guess it works.

But I wonder: where is the English language going?

I also text my girlfriends, and I often respond with “wah wah” … like the professor yelling at Charlie Brown on his TV shows. And with my friends who love dogs, I will even answer with “woof”. Guess this is just a sign that I miss my Golden Retriever Magic so much that he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I guess if a dear friend is having a rough day, a “woof” never hurts.

Then there are the people who sign an email with “Later”. Later what? Later, I will really answer. I’m always later than you. Later, but forgot to add gator?

I hate everything for being late, and late in my book is never good.

Plus, “I love you” isn’t going well either. “I love you” means that I really love you. But I love you ?

Pessimistic by nature, I also have a friend and former neighbor, Ann Elder, who will tell me a very optimistic event and sign a text or e-mail with “Yippee”.

Well, I’m Eeyore! I never respond with yippee to anything. I thought about signing up with this closer, but close friends and family might think I had a horrible summer cold. But I love Ann, so I say “Yeh!

I have an amazing friend and fellow lawyer, Charlie Warner. He always signs emails with “Cheers”. In my dictionary, it means “in a good mood”. I like that, because Charlie is actually in a good mood. Excellent lawyer and big supporter of the arts, when I get an email from him I feel optimistic in a smart and caring way.

And, because every day is a day when I want to live in Paris and stroll on the Champs-Elysées and go to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, I like to sign my emails with “See you soon!” It means “see you soon”, and I like the thought.

During the pandemic and even now, it was my pleasure to write it down and to know that even Rosemary Bourriquet Pomeroy is planning to see you soon!

Rosemary Ebner Pomeroy, 65, lives in Orange Township.

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