Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 13:53:58 -0400
From: Bob Haas
Subject: Re: e-mail/paper mail

I would agree with this usage. When I write that the plural of e-mail is
e-mail, I'm using it as a collective noun. I've never really been
comfortable with "e-mails," but why would I need to be? I agree with
Peter. I don't have four e-mails to answer; I have some e-mail to answer,
or four messages in my e-mail. The analogy here is message=letter for me.
I would never have said of traditional mail, "Look, the postman brought me
three mails!" But this, of course, is only my perspective.

Peter Richardson wrote:

> I take it, then, that the plural of "an e-mail" is "some e-mail" and not
> "e-mails." If necessary, "two email messages," but not "two emails." Or
> maybe "ease-mail?"
> Peter


Bob Haas
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"No matter where you go, there you are."