Common e-terms used in email writing

In the previous post in the email writing series, we looked at some common acronyms used to speed up our communication.

This sixth post examines the definition of 15 common e-terms that we use to write emails. If you use email frequently, you should know what “Cc“ and “Bcc” mean.

Here are some e-terms associated with email writing that you should know. Match the e-term with its meaning. Then check your answer.

1. Cc

a.  When an email does reach its intended recipient for one reason or another

2. Forward

b. the conventional way of sending mail

3. Bcc

c. the Internet network in which information is stored

4. Inbox

d. receive information from the Internet, such as a pdf

5. spam

e. stands for “Portable document format.” Used to send documents

6. virus

f. stands for “blind carbon copy.” Used to hide from the main recipient other people receiving an email

7. folder

g. stands for “carbon copy.” Used for other recipients who get your email

8. snail mail

h. junk mail or unsolicited email messages

9. attachment

i. a printed copy of a document

10. cloud

j. send a copy of an email to a new reader

11. bounce

k. the main folder for your email messages

12. download

l. a place to store your electronic files

13. PDF

m. allows access to the Internet if your computer has a wireless connection

14. hard copy

n. an electronic file, such as a pdf, that you can add to your email

15. Wi-Fi

o. malicious scripts, sometimes found in infected email attachments, that can damage your computer


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