What is the antonym of salutation?
This is totally random, but today I was trying to tell someone how I failed to end the email properly. Immediately, what popped into my head was “salutation” which of course means: “a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech.” As you can see, it is how we start the letter vs. ending the letter.
So, what do we call the greeting at the end before your signature? I googled it and what comes up is what proves to me there is a loooooooooooooong way to go with creating content on the Internet (or imperfect Search Engine Optimization [SEO]). I typed in “antonym salutation” and got this page with so much advertising on the page, I couldn’t see the answer initially.” WikiAnswers is good at SEO and as a result, they are the first result in the SERP (search engine results page), but for the person who’s looking, they’re not really getting what they want if the result is all about advertising or has financial goals that outweigh one of the more ideal purposes of the Internet. It’s one of the reasons why I do like Google (even though their avoidance of providing customer service is quite bad).
If you can filter through all the junk, you can see the answer to the question is “valediction.” Valediction is defined as: “A word or phrase of farewell used to end a letter or message.” A bit too much for trying to find something quite simple, but oh well…