Since the first words we speak as babies are uniformly unremarkable (‘mama’ and ‘googoo’ spring to mind) it falls to us all to make our final utterances considerably more noteworthy.
Some people don’t get much chance – ‘eek’ might be all you can manage if the number 42 is barrelling down the hill towards you.
However, some people exploit the moment brilliantly and use the power of words to pass into immortality.
As experienced business copywriters, the beauty of words is a constant topic of conversation here at Wordsworks Towers. Following a recent ‘water-cooler moment’, here is a selection of our favourite famous parting shots…
- “That was a great game of golf, fellas.” Bing Crosby, comedian and actor (d. 1977)
- “You got me.” US outlaw and bank robber John Dillinger (1934)
- “I’ll sleep well tonight.” US automobile pioneer Henry Ford (1947)
- “Die, my dear? Why, that’s the last thing I’ll do!” American actor and comic Groucho Marx (1977)
- “To the strongest!” conqueror and leader Alexander the Great (323BC)
- “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.” United 93 flight hero Todd Beamer (2001)
- “I’ve got the bows up… I’m going.” Land and water speed hero Donald Campbell (1967)
- “I’m glad that’s over.” British comedian Eric Morecambe (1984)
- “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.” Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1973)
- “No comment.” American writer and environmentalist Edward Abbey (1989)
Whether you’re writing a speech, press release, brochure or business letter, remember the importance of those closing words. Leaving the client with a zinger of a closing statement can help you make a lasting impression in their minds – and maybe help you close that all-important deal.