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I have several co-workers in Europe and all of them tend to put a period after their names in the closing of E-mails, e.g.:

Thanks,
Matt.

I've never seen this, so I am curious if it is proper form to put a period after your name in a communication.

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I'm in the U.S. and have never seen this. –  JLG May 23 '12 at 12:41
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I'm in the UK and I've not seen this either. –  Andrew Leach May 23 '12 at 12:50
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I'm neither from the US nor from the UK, but i haven't seen this either. –  user20934 May 23 '12 at 13:00
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I think you should elaborate a bit more ~ which countries are they from? Is it really "all" of them? Or just "many" of them? Do they all work for the same company? –  J.R. May 23 '12 at 13:38
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Especially since (IIRC) the early Unix email client used a single dot on a line to end the message. –  mgb May 23 '12 at 15:59

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Email is not subject to normal punctuation conventions.

It's probably just a personal idiosyncracy, like putting a hyphen before a signature initial.

-j

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I'm from Ireland and I see this quite a bit, in letters and email and from different companies & countries — it doesn't matter. The only pattern that I can make out is that it seems to appear a lot with the shortened form of someone's name, e.g. Matt. instead of Matthew, Ed. instead of Edward. I have also noticed it when people use just their first name and not surname e.g. John. I'm still searching for a definitive answer, though.

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