Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 08:55:04 -0800
From: Michael Elkins MELKINS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADVOCATE.COM
Subject: Re: new phrase
Usage of "email" as opposed to "E-mail" or "e-mail" evolves from the
idea that the Internet is a place for sending transmissions as quickly
as possible. Hardcore Net users do not worry about capitalization,
typos, etc., as long as their ideas get across.
I've seen "e-mail" and "E-mail" used almost equally in print. I prefer
the Webster's Tenth choice of "E-mail." The cap is consistent with the
majority of words formed this way.
I've never found any real consistency, though, in the formation of this
type of word. For example, according to Webster's, there's U-turn,
A-frame, and T-shirt, but then you find V neck, T square, and I beam.
Each gets its name from the letter whose shape is envisioned in the
object, so why such inconsistency? Others include: C ration, K ration,
D day, U-boat, H-bomb, and A-bomb.