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July 08, 2016

The Most Common Capitalization Error

Guess which is the error: 

Best Regards,


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.  

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