Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 08:55:04 -0800 From: Michael Elkins 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.