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Old 12-14-2004, 03:23 PM
kezami kezami is offline
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Do you sign greeting cards "fondly" or "love" or neither?

My wife has a habit of signing all her greeting cards "Love,____& ______

I really think that's weird. Some of the recipients are merely acquaintances and others are good friends. I think you should make a distinction by signing each differently.

Should I feel uncomfortable about this? Am I alone in these feelings?
Old 12-14-2004, 03:29 PM
overlyverbose overlyverbose is offline
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I feel weird signing "Love" on every card, too. For me, how I sign the card largely depends on who it is. If it's a family member or close friend, it's "Love," or if we have an inside thing (my best friend and I have a certain quirk about signing cards to each other), I'll sign it that way. If it's an acquaintance, it's "Best wishes" or "Warm regards." My husband usually signs "Cheers," if it's a male acquaintance. I do that sometimes, too, but it sounds a little odd coming from a woman, IMHO, of course. If it's a business correspondence, it's always "Sincerely," or "Regards" or some other neutral close.
Old 12-14-2004, 03:31 PM
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P.S. - I've always found it weird that many lawyers sign their correspondence "Very truly yours." That seems to indicate a far closer relationship than that of an attorney to client, yet all attorneys I've worked with sign letters that way.
Old 12-14-2004, 03:53 PM
Misnomer Misnomer is online now
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I write "Happy Holidays! Love, Misnomer" for family and close friends. Everyone else gets "Happy Holidays! --Misnomer."
Old 12-14-2004, 04:17 PM
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Family or close friends - "Love."
Not-so-close friends - "Yours," which sounds more personal than "Yours truly" but not so much that it feels weird.
Old 12-14-2004, 04:20 PM
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People I love -- "Love."

Everyone else -- either "Regards" or nothing, depending on how much of a hand-written message there is. (I always write at least "Hope it's happy!" or somesuch on a birthday card.)
Old 12-14-2004, 04:57 PM
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I sign mine "Muchas smootches, " if it's family or friends. Just 'Happy Holidays' or whatever for everyone else. Regards or yours truly sound so stiff and/or old fashioned to me (which is charming in the right situation). My rule is don't sign what you wouldn't say in person. And I'm a Muchas Smootches kind of person.
Old 12-14-2004, 05:48 PM
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Old 12-14-2004, 08:00 PM
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"Love" - female Friends and Family
"Cheers," "Best Wishes" or "Regards" - everyone else
Old 12-14-2004, 08:21 PM
Ephemera Ephemera is offline
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I sign love only if it's family or a friend I feel especially close to. Everyone else just gets a couple sentences* and my signature. No "love" or "regards" or anything.

*Is anyone else slightly annoyed by people that send cards with no message in them or just a generic "Happy Birthday!" or "Merry Christmas!"? If it's just a colleague or acquaintance, I can understand but with friends and family, you should, in my mind, personalize it with at least a few short sentences.


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