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What are some good sayings to put on a farewell cake?

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Sayings on farewell cakes generally are short, pertinent messages such as "We'll Miss You," "Bon Voyage," "Good Luck," "Farewell" and "All the Best." When writing messages on cakes, it is important to take into account the size of the lettering and how much room is on the writing surface.

Generally, a farewell message on a cake implies that the honoree is leaving for an extended period of time or permanently. Therefore, it is important to use the correct phrasing to mark the formality of the situation. Parting phrases can encompass a wide scope of formal and informal, cultural, situational and interpersonal contexts. The type of relationship significantly moderates what kind of farewell is used. Informal or slang farewells are typically used in jocular situations; phrases in English such as "break a leg," "keep on trucking" and "check you later" are examples of informal slang phrases.

Often, farewells from other languages are modified to become slang phrases in English. The French phrase "à tout à l'heure," translated as "see you later," is deliberately incorrectly translated into the English phrase "toodle-oo" or "toodles." Other common non-English language partings used worldwide include the Italian phrase "ciao," the French "au revoir," the Hawaiian "aloha" and the Spanish "adios."


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