When carbon means carbonless

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Fri Mar 16 14:27:28 UTC 2007

It's a case where the abbreviation has long been disassociated with the
original meaning. It happened with photocopied cc'ed documents before moving
into the electronic age.

"Courtesy copy" is an oft-used re-interpretation of the abbreviation.

> At 3/15/2007 09:57 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>LOL. Seriously, though, is the word "carbon (copy)" used for CCing
>with e-mail? I never use it that way. BB

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