Your Goodself & Your Good Offices : Meaning & Definition


Many a times, while going through a letter communication or even sometimes in oral interaction, you come across this phrase "your goodself". Your general common english sense might not be able to figure out what exactly this means.

Well this phrase, in short, carries the meaning of "you". But wording it as 'your goodself' would mean 'you' in a very polite and respectful way. Mainly, it is used in Government offices and while contacting a Govt. officers or any senior person with a respectful position. Generally you will not see in communication between private sector companies.

Similarly in conversation also this phrase can be used. But the use of this phrase in oral interaction is rare.

Example: We request your goodself to kindly look into our matter at an urgent basis and provide us with necessary guidance to proceed further.


Here in above the word "offices" simply means influence. And thereby the whole phrase would mean 'your good influence'.

Where/How it is referred in communications?
Generally it is used in a polite way to convey the message in letter communication.

Meaning, somebody's good influence has got the job done of another.

Example: Mr. Howdi through the good offices of his friend got the waiting flight ticket cleared for seat.