Re: ... (and e-mail/email)

Subject: Re: ... (and e-mail/email)
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 08:52:15 -0800

>I used to prefer "email," but I've realized recently
>that it adds another oddity to the phonetics of
>English, which is odd enough as it is.

Scanning quickly through the "ema" words in my 10th Collegiate, I find:
emaciate, emancipate, emarginate, emasculate, which start about like email
when I pronounce them. The exception in that group is emanate.

Further down the alphabet you'll find emotion and emu. I'm not going to do a
lengthy study of this, but to my mind the pronunciation argument against
email is pretty weak. ...RM

Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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