My friend DeAnna came up with a new word that I think has the potential to trickle into everyday conversation: "Remail."
You know: You type out a long e-mail to one of your friends, and then you realize you want to tell another friend exactly the same thing. Maybe you don't want to send the second friend the entire original e-mail; maybe you don't want to copy the second friend to the address line, because that would appear, well, impersonal. Either way, you're too lazy to re-type the first e-mail and personalize it, so you just copy and paste the original and send it on its way to the second friend.
Usually this works out fine, unless you fall into the common remail trap of not proofreading. Here's what can happen: Say you send an e-mail to your friend Marcia. "... and then I took WCB and her alligator toy to the playgroup, and every time another child got within 10 feet of the alligator toy, or looked at the alligator toy from across the room, or even thought about alligators, WCB would scream, 'No! No!' and clutch the alligator toy to her chest, as though she were rescuing a drowning victim. The rest of the time she ignored the alligator toy.* Oh, Marcia, what is it about alligators?"
Then you decide to copy and paste this section into an e-mail to your other friends, Jan and Cindy, but you forget to take out the "Oh, Marcia ..." line. You are so, so busted. You'll forever be known in your social circle as The Remailer, and nobody will ever take your messages sincerely again.
This has happened to you, hasn't it? Years ago, one of my friends once sent me an e-mail about how she'd just gone to a wedding in South Dakota. Yeah, I know: It was MY WEDDING! Remailer. Busted.
Anybody else have stories of remail?
* True story. The part about the alligator, I mean. I don't really have a friend named Marcia. I wish I did, though. She got to go to the prom with Davy Jones.