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Origin of yours truly
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What does yours truly mean?
Yours truly is a common phrase used to end a letter. Informally, yours truly is also used as a synonym for I, me, or myself.
Yours truly is a conventional phrase that is used to politely end a letter. It is used in the same way as similar phrases, such as Sincerely or Best wishes. In most letters, it appears immediately above or before a person’s name or signature, as in: Dear Jeff, We are out of milk. Yours truly, Ben.
Some people may also use yours truly to end an email or similar message.
Informally, yours truly is used to refer to oneself. Often, this sense of yours truly is used humorously or playfully. It can be used in place of the words I, me, or myself, as in Nobody is better at failing tests than yours truly.
Example: If you need help, just ask yours truly.
Where does yours truly come from?
The first records of the letter-ending yours truly come from around 1790. It is made from a combination of the words yours and truly. It combines yours, meaning “that which belongs to you,” and truly, meaning “genuinely or honestly.” The first records of the self-referencing sense come from around 1833.
Yours truly is used to close a letter, email, or similar communications. It’s one of many common closing phrases, such as yours sincerely, kind regards, or forever yours. While you might not want to close an email to your boss with forever yours, yours truly is appropriate no matter how well you know the person you’re writing to.
When used to refer to yourself, yours truly is not used in formal writing. You’ll find it most often in casual conversation and writing, often when someone is being playful or trying to call attention to themselves.
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How is yours truly used in real life?
Yours truly is used to end letters and is used informally to refer to oneself.
Dear Mother Nature,
This love-hate thing has got to stop.
— Mike Casey (@themikecasey) May 16, 2014
Big, cool drop happening here and on YouTube by yours truly in just 29 minutes! Channeling Beyoncé.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 21, 2020
If you’re in the UK, tune in to Chris Evans on @BBCRadio2 this morning from 8am for some live music from yours truly
— Sting (@OfficialSting) April 20, 2018
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Is yours truly used correctly in the following sentence?
Everyone is coming over to my house to taste a delicious dinner made personally by yours truly.
How to use yours truly in a sentence
That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.
But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The more resources and education society becomes equipped with, the fewer stories like yours will surface.
To be a parent is to be able to offer truly unconditional love.
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.
At last there appeared some probability of their accomplishing this, after a most curious and truly Mexican fashion.
Whatever you do, don't write a word to that Carr friend of yours; he's as sharp as a two-edged sword.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
“A hopeful family yours, Mr. Trotter,” said Perker, sealing a letter which he had just finished writing.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
I shall soon depart, and practise no more; and my time will become my own—still my own, by no means yours.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Truly it was a most enjoyable season and experience, but there is no joy without its alley here below—not even at the North Pole!The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for yours truly
Word Origin for yours truly
Idioms and Phrases with yours truly
A closing formula for a letter, as in It was signed “Yours truly, Mary Smith.” [Late 1700s]
I, me, myself, as in Jane sends her love, as does yours truly. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]