from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Mail delivered by a postal system, as distinct from electronic mail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Postal mail, especially as compared to email

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any mail that is physically delivered by the postal service


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


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  • Fine by me. Let's turn the bugger around. Lear jets shall henceforth proceed on the ground, and only at speeds reflective of having their wheels tied together.

    February 10, 2009

  • Was this term actually invented by Edward Lear, which would make it not a retronym?

    February 10, 2009