Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 07:47:36 -0700
From: Bruce Gelder bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAMEL.SIM.ES.COM
Subject: an E-mail
Some time ago we had a thread going about "an E-mail" vs. constructions like
"an E-mail message." At the time I swore I'd never heard "an E-mail" used
by itself, but since then I've heard it countless times. Since I haven't
maintained any data on the usage of the expression, either before or
since, I can't know for sure whether a) I'm noticing it because I'm more
aware of it now, or b) the usage is actually becoming more prevalent
in my speech community (I now hear "an E-mail" many times for every time
I hear "an E-mail message").
However, I have noticed one thing about it that seems interesting to me: from
what I've observed informally, those who use "an E-mail message" or a similar
construction tend to be heavily involved with computers either in their
employment or through surfing the net, and those who use "an E-mail" tend
to be either computer outsiders or very casual users only.
Has anyone else noticed a similar distribution?
(bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]es.com)