Funny email sign offs – courtesy of Gen Z

Email sign-offs in the professional context can be seen as one of the most important lines in an email to make a good impression. Gen Z has taken this concept and revamped it to make fun email sign-offs and creative email sign-offs. These are not limited to funny ways to sign-off an email, but include sarcastic, weird, and cool email sign-offs.
by Montanna Owens
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Every email doesn’t have to be professional. Have some fun!

Time is flying whether you’re moving with it or not. The next generation to be using email and possibly sending you emails is Generation Z. Just like baby boomers, Gen Z is a name for a generation of people, however — unlike baby boomers — they were born between 1997 and 2012. Gen Z are using email just as the older generations, but they add a specific kind of flare to their messages.

How to create a funny email signature

The Generation Z has added a certain colorfulness and playful spirit that can sometimes be missing from emails. This is done by taking something from pop culture an making it applicable in different settings. For example, the term ‘slay’ is used a lot in pop culture. It does not actually mean to slay something, but it is a metaphor to say someone is doing something really well in a positive way. Our tips for making a uniquely funny email signature are to find something from pop culture and make it applicable in the context of your email. e.g.
“Slay all day,
mail.com”

The Gen Z flare is noticeable when it is time to sign off an email. Instead of the typical “yours truly” and “best regards,” Gen Z has their own way of saying tootles at the end of an email. Take a look at these twenty email sign offs that even you can use if you’re want to be hip or understand generation Z email sign offs.
 

Fun email signatures (courtesy of Gen Z)

 
  1. You did it! You made it to the end of this email.
  2. This message may or may not have been composed by my cat.
  3. I apologize for any typos; I haven’t had my morning coffee yet.
  4. That’s all, folks!
  5. Tag, you’re it. P.S. No tag backs.
  6. Lukewarm regards
  7. You’re the GOAT.
  8. It just hits different.
  9. It’s giving…
  10. IYKYK
  11. Pop off.
  12. That’s a great idea. Let him cook.
  13. No cap.
  14. I hate to sound like an NPC, but…
  15. Out of pocket
  16. I’m shook.
  17. I totally slayed it.
  18. We really understood the assignment on this one!
  19. Live long and stay valid
  20. Over and out.

What are Gen Z email sign-offs?

Usually Gen Z email sign-offs make their appearance in personal emails, but recently there have been more Gen Zers entering the professional field. Their style of signing off an email also shines through in a professional setting. It can be a bit challenging to understand if a Gen Z sign-off is meant to be funny or sarcastic, but with a little bit of practice you’ll be able to tell in no time. Here is your decoder ring for the funny sign-offs listed above:
  1. You did it! You made it to the end of this email.
    With some undertones of sarcasm this sign off is playful and congratulates the reader on reading the full email. Often people just skim through a message without reading the full thing. This sign off is poking fun at that.
  2. This message may or may not have been composed by my cat.
    In the age of funny cat videos taking social media by storm, many people are attributing hot takes or controversial statements to their cats to assume responsibility. Not only hot takes but also lazy messages as felines are known for being nonchalant. This is even funnier if the person using this email sign off does not have a cat.
  3. I apologize for any typos; I haven’t had my morning coffee yet.
    This one is for the coffee lovers who swear by their morning cup of Joe. Many people say that they simply cannot function until they have had their first sip of coffee. In light of functioning this also adds an apologetic aspect to an email sign off for any mistakes found within the email such as typos or misinterpretations. The excuse here is the brain is not fully turned on because coffee is not yet in the email sender’s system.
  4. That’s all, folks!
    Oh, looney toons! The best ending of one of the greatest TV shows with the pig stuttering to say “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks” at the end of the program. This email sign off is referencing that show indicating this is the end of the email and then end of all there is to offer at this time.
  5. Tag, you’re it. P.S. No tag backs.
    This is a funny sign off because it is literally like playing a game of tag. Putting this at the end of an email will let the receiver know that it is their turn to take over a specific topic. The caveat to this would be the ‘no tag backs,’ essentially meaning the recipient cannot give this issue back to the email sender.
  6. Lukewarm regards
    A common Gen Z phrase which is not as mean as ‘cold regards’ but still can be quite sarcastic or serious. One might use this sign off when given a task they’re not particularly ecstatic to complete or when it is just one of those days that no one will receive a ‘warm regards’ type of message.
  7. Thanks for taking care of this. You’re the GOAT.
    G.O.A.T is an acronym used to mean the Greatest of All Time or simple GOAT for short. It is used very encouragingly when someone does something great. When using this phrase make sure to capitalize each letter otherwise you would literally just be calling someone a goat.
  8. Thanks for your assistance. It just hits different.
    ‘Hits different’ is used to explain something that is peculiar or out of the ordinary but in a good or positive way. For example, this is your first time asking for help from a particular colleague and their help was exceptional as compared to what you usually receive. In this case, their assistance would indeed hit different.
  9. Wow, way to reach those goals. It’s giving CEO.
    ‘It’s giving…’ can be used in a sarcastic, funny, or cool way to explain the actions of someone embodying a certain aspect. In this example, the recipient of the email would have reached goals and to congratulate and acknowledge their success, the sender say’s it’s giving CEO. This does not necessarily mean the recipient is the CEO but that their determination to reaching their goals is reminiscent of qualities of a CEO. Another example is if someone is constantly dishonest and you can never fully trust what they’re saying you could respond “it’s giving Pinocchio.”
  10. Thanksgiving is on Thursday then Black Friday is the day after. I won’t be back into the office until Wednesday of next week IYKYK.
    IYKYK is an acronym for ‘if you know, you know.’ This implies that something is obvious but does not have to be explicitly stated if one is aware of what is meant. IYKYK also excludes people especially if they don’t know or understand what is meant. From the sign off, it is implied that because of the holidays approaching, the sender will be taking a long weekend to celebrate therefore they will not be back in the office until Wednesday. Those that would get this would be others that are essentially doing the same thing. Those that would be working every day despite the holiday might not get this.
  11. Pop off.
    This can be used when someone does something really well or agreeable. For example, if a coworker sends an email to the boss detailing something that was on everyone’s mind but they were too afraid to mention it, a respond to this email would be “pop off.” It is mean as encouraging if you’re telling someone to pop off but you can also say “I popped off” to give yourself a pat on the back for something you did well.
  12. That’s a great idea. I especially like what John mentioned in the last email. Let him cook.
    Not literally referring to culinary skillset, but more of a metaphor for letting someone finish because they’re producing a masterpiece. It simply means to let them do their thing. In this case, let John finish his thoughts because they’re interesting or even valuable. You can also say “let her/them cook” it is not only specific to him.
  13. I’m going to actually try and be productive today, no cap.
    Capping or to cap means to lie. So, if an email sign off ends in ‘no cap,’ it means they are not lying and are— in some cases— quite serious.
  14. I hate to sound like an NPC, but I really think we should review these points again.
    NPCs are commonly found in videogames, and it refers to a nonplayable character. These are characters with only a few sets of phrases they can use or say. NPCs basically lack personality, and they repeat the same phrases. In this example, the sender hates to sound like an NPC saying the same things over and over, but they really think the points should be reviewed.
  15. I hope this email was not too out of pocket but maybe these are the sorts of ideas that we need to address this issue.
    Out of pocket means wild and/or extreme. In this example maybe a wild or extreme idea is that kind that is needed to address certain topics. Can also be understood as being out of line or turn.
  16. I am still shook knowing that we met our growth margins. Go team!
    Shooketh and shook refer to being shocked by something. It can be in a positive or negative way.
  17. Attached is the report requested. I totally slayed it.
    “Slayyy queen!” As mentioned in the beginning of the article, slay means to do something very well. You can use this to talk about yourself or others.
  18. Thanks for all your efforts. We really understood the assignment on this one!
    When something is delivered well and meeting all of the requirements, that is known as understanding the assignment. The counter of this phrase is misunderstanding the assignment, meaning that something did not meet the preset requirements to be done well.
  19. Live long and stay valid
    The Boomers have the infamous ‘Live, Laugh, Love,’ the Gen Z equivalent to this would be live long and stay valid. Live long is self-explanatory but stay valid means to stay good, reasonable, acceptable, or for something of really ambitious standards.
  20. Over and out
    This is a saying I like to remember from the time I had walkie-talkies as a child. Anytime you finish speaking into the walkie-talkie you must say “over.” When the conversation is finished you would speak into the walkie-talkie “over and out” signifying the end of the conversation. That is the same here. It is a simple, cool, and playful way to end an email.

When can I use funny email sign-offs?

It can be super tempting to use Gen Z email sign offs all the time, however, they are not great to use in each setting — especially professional settings. When it comes to important professional correspondences with clients or your big boss, you should opt for the proven professional email sign offs.

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