snail mail

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A retronym emphasizing postal mail's slowness compared to email.

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snail mail (uncountable)

  1. (retronym) Postal mail, especially as compared to email.
    • 1993 Nov. 9, L. R. Shannon, "Peripherals: MCI Mail Changes The Nature Of Letters," New York Times (retrieved 3 April 2014):
      To send a letter by snail mail (the Postal Service), you must still compose it, and also print it out, unless you write it by hand or on a typewriter.

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Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 21:40