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Ross at Play
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I ran an ngrams query for the percentage of times that 'email' is used compared to the sum of 'email' and 'mail'. Not surprisingly, the graph showed a rapid increase beginning in the mid-1980s, reaching about 18% by 2008.

BUT - cue the spooky music from the X-Files here - from about 1810 to 1860 the graph was consistently in the range 6-10%, then only gradually faded up until about 1900.

Fox Mulder will be pleased to finally have proof !

Does anyone know what the word 'email' was being used for so frequently in the first half of the 19th century?

Vlad_Inhaler

Email is German for "enamel", postulating a large number of German-speaking immigrants . . .

Ross at Play
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@Vlad_Inhaler

Email is German for "enamel", postulating a large number of German-speaking immigrants . . .

Thanks. That makes sense.

Also, 'mail' did not begin to mean 'by post' in English until the mid-17th century. I extended that ngrams query back to the 16th century and the use of 'email' was approximating 100%.

helmut_meukel

@Vlad_Inhaler

Email is German for "enamel", postulating a large number of German-speaking immigrants . . .


Another German spelling is Emaille, both from French "Émail".
In Dutch it's email, too.

So immigrants from at least three countries used "email".

HM.

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Crumbly Writer

@helmut_meukel

Another German spelling is Emaille, both from French "Émail".

It sounds sexier getting racy email when it's from Emaille.

Zom

There was also an antipodean company called Email since 1951. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_Limited

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