[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.


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


PS Gmail has an undo button to alleviate ohnoseconds:


From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
<http://listserv.linguistlist.org/mailman/listinfo/ads-l>> on behalf
of ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sent: Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:29 AM
Subject: A word for email blunders

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

Website: CBS News

Article: 5 career-destroying email blunders

Author: Dave Johnson

Timestamp: November 3, 2011, 5:01 PM

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


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