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Subject:Re: e-mail From:"PICKETT-HARNER, Molly" <MOP1 -at- NIORDS1 -dot- EM -dot- CDC -dot- GOV> Date:Fri, 18 Nov 1994 13:30:00 EST
E-mail [which, for better/worse, is rapidly becoming "email"] is
formal/informal, depending upon your intent and circumstances.
Those little faces are called "emoticons."
A spelling checker can be installed w/many e-mail packages. And yes,
spelling & grammar frequently suffer. Most of my colleagues don't notice or
feel troubled about such lapses -- tho [sic] they can raise the hackles of
In my experience, e-mail is well on its way toward replacing memos, etc.
Even in the memo-happy government!