In Finland, in informal correspondence over email in English I often see the acronym "BR" or "Br" used in the signature before the name, and I've seen some people from at least Germany do the same. I believe this is an acronym for "Best Regards", but many acronym lists omit it. 1

How widely used / understood is this acronym? Are there specific geographical regions where it's common? Does usage of it in a signature stand out as weird for some audiences?

Sampo J.

1 For example AcronymFinder has it (among 123 alternative definitions), while Wikipedia doesn't.

  • Well I see BR every day in e-mails with colleagues in UK and North America. – k1eran Sep 23 '18 at 18:24
  • I don’t see it much, but I understood what it meant as soon as you put it in context. This question asks something similar about abbreviations. I find it odd in email, but then, typing on a phone or tablet can be a chore. – Pam Sep 23 '18 at 19:23
  • I've never seen it and I am in the UK. But there are different conventions in different environments and different industries. The big problem is that people are not sure about email etiquette as it was used to replace the telephone but it is increasingly being used to replace formal letters, Secretaries, in particular, seem to the feel the need to replicate the formality they were taught for letters, and they feel they cannot be too informal with their boss's colleagues or clients. And BTW [sic] it has to be BR: Br would be read as one word such as brother or bravo! – David Robinson Sep 23 '18 at 22:35
  • I agree that BR seems better, but a quick search through my emails looked like pretty 50/50 between the two spellings. – Sampo Sep 24 '18 at 12:54

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