July 5th, 2007


For some years I worked in an office where one of my colleagues had the habit of sending you an e-mail and then walking over to tell you:

A) that he had sent you an e-mail and

B) what the e-mail was about.

This colleague’s initials were HH, so came up with the phrase H-mail. Any time HH approached my desk, I would raise my hands and join the tips of my thumbs to form  the letter H.

So now you know what to call it when a colleague does this to you.

H-Mail: (n) Verbal confirmation delivered in person by the sender of an e-mail, stating that they have sent an e-mail and detailing what the e-mail was about.

Fly, child of mine! Be free!

One Response to “H-mail”

  1. wychwoodon 22 Jul 2007 at

    Classic! One more obscure bit of human behaviour safely classified…behavioural taxonomists everywhere thank you ;).

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