[Ads-l] A word for email blunders

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 22 22:40:56 UTC 2015


Related, there's the ohnosecond (1993):

That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just
made a BIG mistake, such as accidentally deleting your e-mail address
book in a nonrecoverable way. Seen in Elizabeth P. Crowe's book The
Electronic Traveler.

http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/2.06/jargon_watch.html

Also applies to hitting the send button just as you realise it
contains a huge, glaring mistake.

Hugo

PS Gmail has an undo button to alleviate ohnoseconds:

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/1284885?hl=en



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I changed the subject line.

David Barnhart wrote:

>* Sorry.  I meant to fix the heading but pushed the send
*
>* button.  Is there a cute or fancy word for that?
*

W Brewer wrote:

>* WB coins: Lapsidigitation.
*
>* (Lapsus linguae x prestidigitation)
*


This word niche has not yet been filled (I think). News articles have
discussed the problem of email errors:


Website: CBS News

Article: Email Mistakes at Work: How to Survive Them

Author: Mike Zimmerman

Timestamp: October 7, 2010, 3:00 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/email-mistakes-at-work-how-to-survive-them/





Website: CBS News

Article: 5 career-destroying email blunders

Author: Dave Johnson

Timestamp: November 3, 2011, 5:01 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-career-destroying-email-blunders/


Here are some candidates constructed via blending and concatenation. Not
very impressive, I know. But someone else might find the right neologism.


mailapse emailapse mismail

gaffmail  mailgaffe emailgaffe

slipmail mailslip emailslip

mailtrip emailtrip

emailstake mailstake eblunder


Garson

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