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snail mail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snail mail(noun)

    any mail that is physically delivered by the postal service

    "email is much faster than snail mail"


  1. snail mail(Noun)

    Postal mail, especially as compared to email

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


  1. Snail mail

    Snail mail or smail —named after the snail with its slow speed—refers to letters and missives carried by conventional postal delivery services. The phrase refers to the lag-time between dispatch of a letter and its receipt, versus the virtually instantaneous dispatch and delivery of its electronic equivalent, e-mail. It is also known, more neutrally, as paper mail, postal mail, land mail, or simply mail or post. An earlier term of the same type is surface mail, coined retrospectively after the development of airmail. This happened not too long ago, between the 1970s to 1990s. Snail mail is also a term used in reference to penpalling. Snail mail penpals are those penpals that communicate with one another through the postal system, rather than on the internet which has become the more common medium. Some online groups also use paper mail through regular gift or craft hot topics. In some countries, services are available to print and deliver emails to those unable to receive email, like people with no computers or internet access. Similar terminology was used in the 1840s to contrast the already-operating postal mail with the new telegraph. The Philadelphia North American stated: "The markets will no longer be dependent upon snail paced mails".

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. snail mail

    Paper mail, as opposed to electronic. Sometimes written as the single word ‘SnailMail’. One's postal address is, correspondingly, a snail address. Derives from earlier coinage ‘USnail’ (from ‘U.S. Mail’), for which there have even been parody posters and stamps made. Also (less commonly) called P-mail, from ‘paper mail’ or ‘physical mail’. Oppose email.(Note: Actual garden snails progress at about 10 meters per hour, which is about 25-50 times slower than the U.K.'s Royal Mail; comparable measurements for other countries have not yet been made. More biologically apt terms might be “sloth-mail” at 250 m/hr or “tortoise-mail” at 270 m/hr. See http://www.newscientist.com/lastword/answers/789communication.jsp?tp=communication for details.)

How to pronounce snail mail?

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How to say snail mail in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snail mail in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snail mail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of snail mail in a Sentence

  1. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    Some tool boxes are if not empty then at least somewhat outdated because we find that there are agencies which are not allowed to collect digital evidence. They cannot search the cloud for evidence of collusion or abuse of dominant position, there is no reason to believe that cartelists should use only snail mail or paper memos, at least I find that hypothesis very hard to sustain. So what we see is that there is a need for alignment when it comes to having a full, modern tool box.

Images & Illustrations of snail mail

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