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Since e-mail is here to stay, now is time to come up with some sensible terms to describe it - let's start sending each other e-notes - that's a quick and efficient term to describe a quick and efficient method of communication!
Just because we're using a system that is fast, doesn't mean that we have to become lazy in our use of language. Because it's so easy to send an e-note to one person or a thousand people, temptation is to treat e-mail more as if it's a note on fridge door, than as a legitimate, serious form of communication.
You scribble a note to stick on fridge door to tell your kids to feed dog before they go to music lessons:
Feed Spot be4 u go xxxx Mum
Your daughter leaves a note that she's gone next door to do her homework:
At Kath's - hist test 2morrow - ugh! Seeya
We know what these messages mean, but they're hardly sort of thing you want anyone outside family to see and yet, every day thousands - millions - of messages just like this are flying through cyberspace! Messages that use symbols, numbers and abbreviations to convey complex ideas and thoughts.
Need info on midi sites pronto. Pls send all URLs 2 me.
IMHO best site on web is here.com Wish I had their hits LOL
Me too ;)
Not everyone is familiar with use of abbreviations, symbols and 'emoticons' and it's very easy to miss subtleties of meaning. E-mail IS a legitimate form of communication these days - and there are a number of conventions that have emerged to govern its use. Read about how to avoid costly and embarrassing mistakes in your e-mail.
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