E-mail! [was Re: Anal Retentive]

Subject: E-mail! [was Re: Anal Retentive]
From: Guy Haas <ghaas -at- NETSCAPE -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 1997 15:29:43 -0800

Suzanne Townsend wrote:

> P.S. By the way, for anyone who hasn't had enough yet: Does
> anyone know if is it true, as the following quote state, that
> "email" is an established convention? What is the source
> document?
> -------- Begin Quote --------
> -- from Philip Golabuk's "Cool Writing Tip Of The Day"
> "... I received a suggestion from Guy Haas that this week's
> Free Cool Writing Tip (FCWT) address the question of
> compounds, words elided to make new ones, coinages
> legitimized by usage. Guy's example was email,' a
> contraction from electronic mail,'

Guy's employer, Netscape Communications, has adopted "email",
but Guy lobbies for "e-mail", citing numerous parallel dictionary
examples such as A-bomb, D-day, G-man, H-bomb, I-beam, and X-ray.
(Never mind that his American Heritage Dictionary gives the four
versions of x ray, X ray, x-ray, and X-ray). Philip disagrees
with Guy.


Guy K. Haas, Software Exegete
Netscape Communications Corporation
They have their opinions, I have mine. I don't speak
on their behalf, and I trust they do not speak on mine.

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