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[ih] Any suggestions for first uses of "e-mail" or "email"?

Hi -

I have the archive of the Msg Group messages that were exchanged between
1978 and 1985 on my computer for other research. I just did a quick search
and "email" doesn't appear in the corpus, but "e-mail" appears exactly
once, in a message from J. Pickens from May of 1979 (predating the journal
article by a month):

Subject: Msggroup#1175  The medium is *not* the mechanism

> Perhaps a significant reason why environments have not adopted
> electronic tools is because of a growing awareness of the revolutionary
> impact of such tools.  E-Mail, for example, levitates toward horizontal
> rather than vertical communications.  Such impacts are content
> *independent*.

Not sure if that changes anything significant about the provenance of the
term, but an interesting blip on the radar.


On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM, Ted Faber <faber at isi.edu> wrote:

> On 07/24/2015 08:40, John Day wrote:
> > It does sound more like a term a journalist would create than an
> engineer, since to our minds it really isn?t *electronic*.
> Yes.  Mike would make that point with some frequency (and amplitude) as
> well.
> The media has these regular flirtations with single letter prefixes
> (e-mail, iPhone).  Odd, but predictable.  I'm kind of hoping that the
> next one is a kana or emojii.
> --
> Ted Faber, Computer Scientist, USC/ISI
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