"checking the mail"

James Callan jabeca at DRIZZLE.COM
Tue Jul 13 03:51:48 UTC 2004

>Is this expression commonly used in people parlance?  I have cats, myself.

My wife and I have friends in Portland, OR, who regularly referred to
their dog as "checking her pee-mail." Their phrase was definitely a
pun on e-mail, and dates to the '90s. I was under the impression that
they'd coined the phrase themselves, but I don't really know -- I'm a
cat person, too.

        James Callan
        Seattle, WA

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