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Use of ‘Your Goodself’ and ‘Your Good Offices’ in a Letter


Many a times, while going through a letter communication or even sometimes in oral interaction, you come across this phrase "your goodself". You may 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 respectable way. Mainly, it is used in Government offices or while communicating in writing with a Govt. official or any senior personnel in high rank in an organisation.

Though, it is very rarely used in written communication between private sector companies.

Similarly in conversation also this phrase can be used. But the use of this phrase in oral interaction is very 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, the word "offices" simply means influence. 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 a written communication.

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

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


  1. Rohith Fernandes18 June, 2018

    Thanks for the brief explanation! I am quite clear on the meaning now.


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