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July 08, 2016

The Most Common Capitalization Error

Guess which is the error: 

Best Regards,

OR 

Best regards, 

In email after email (including two this morning), I find people incorrectly capitalizing the complimentary close. The rule is to capitalize only the first word of the close. This rule applies wherever you use a complimentary close: emails, letters, notes, and even texts. These are all correct:

Best regards,

Best wishes,

Warm wishes,

Kind regards, 

With deep sympathy, 

Sincerely yours,

My best, 

All best,

With thanks, 

The complimentary close isn't a title or a heading, so there's no need to capitalize all the nouns or important words--just the first word, whatever it is. 

Note: Sometimes people refer to the complimentary close as the salutation. Don't let them fool you. The salutation is the greeting.

Have other capitalization errors caught your attention? Please share them.  

Lynn
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