A friend of mine recently said they think it sounds romantic, but I have seen it used in platonic situations. What does this valediction actually mean? I would also be interested in knowing this valediction's origin, if anybody knows.

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    It signals that the author is ‘of a certain age’.
    – Lawrence
    Feb 11, 2021 at 4:09
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    "I will be your [friend/lover - whatever you are to them now] for ever." Feb 11, 2021 at 7:49

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"Ever yours", "Yours ever, "Yours Always", are used less today at least in the US and usually imply some persistent affection or friendship, but not necessarily a romantic connection.

Webster Online says it's just a way to end an informal letter

A book entitled Ever Yours: The Essential Letters contains letters from Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) to various people he knew.

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