RE: To Cc or not to Cc

Subject: RE: To Cc or not to Cc
From: "Kathi Jan Knill" <Kathi -dot- Knill -at- template -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 09:00:33 -0500


The abbreviation cc: goes back to the time when letters were typed on a
typewriter and there were no photocopying machines. At that time cc: was
used at the bottom of typed letters and the abbreviation stood for "carbon
copied." It meant that the person whose name was to the right of the colon
was "sent a carbon copy" of the letter.

If you want to use the literal meaning of the word, it would be more
appropriate to say "copied". Note that in that case it is a verb, however it
is also past tense. Therefore the phrase "If you want to Cc the email to
another user,..." would be totally incorrect.

For the meaning that your colleague is trying to present, I would think that
"send a copy to" is far more appropriate in an online help system.

A little history and mho,

Kathi Jan Knill
Sr. Technical Writer
Template Software
Kathi -dot- Knill -at- Template -dot- com
"A day without sunshine is like, night."

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