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Communicating by email or text message

address

noun

a series of letters, numbers, and symbols that you need to send someone an email message

ASCII art

noun

pictures using only ASCII characters, often used in emails

attach

verb

to send a computer file with an email

attachment

noun

a computer file that you send with an email

blind copy

noun

a copy of an email that the person it is addressed to does not know has been sent

bounce

verb

if an email message bounces, it is sent back to you without reaching the person you sent it to

copy in

to send someone a copy of an email or letter that you are sending to another person

cross-post

verb

to send a single electronic message or article to several different newsgroups at the same time

digital signature

noun

a secret way of adding your name to an electronic message to prove that you are who you say you are. Digital signatures are used when you buy goods or make agreements on the Internet.

dot

noun

the way that you say the symbol . in an Internet or email address

electronic mail

noun

email

electronic signature

noun

an e-signature

email

noun

a system for sending messages from one computer to another

email

noun

the messages that you receive by email

email

noun

a written message sent by email

email

verb

to send a message to someone by email

email address

noun

an individual name that you use to receive email on the Internet

emoji

noun

the Japanese term for emoticons used in electronic messages and on websites. They are built into handsets rather than being created by the user and include a wide range of different images.

emoticon

noun

a symbol that you type in an email or text message to show how you feel. For example the emoticon :-) means happy or friendly.

e-signature

noun

electronic signature: a way of adding your name to an electronic document such as an email, used when you are buying goods or making agreements on the Internet

facepalm

noun

used in emails, social networking sites, etc. to show that you are embarrassed, annoyed, or shocked about something

flame

noun

an angry email, or an email that insults someone

flame

verb

to send an angry or insulting message over the Internet

forward

verb

to send a letter, parcel, email etc that has been sent to your address to someone else at another address

IM

abbreviation

instant messaging

inbox

noun

the place on a computer program where emails arrive for you

instant messaging

noun

the activity of communicating with someone directly over the Internet and replying to their messages as soon as they arrive

keypal

noun

someone who regularly emails someone else

listserv

a piece of software that automatically sends a copy of every email received to all members of a group

mail

noun

email

mail

verb

to send a message, document etc to someone by email

mailbox

noun

a part of a computer’s memory where email is stored

mailer

noun

a computer program for sending email

mail server

noun

a central computer that controls the sending and receiving of email

message

noun

a piece of information that you send by email

message

verb

to send someone a message, especially in an electronic form

message board

noun

a system in which a group of Internet users regularly write email messages about a particular subject for other members of the group to read

MP3

noun

a method of reducing the size of a computer file that contains sound, especially music, so that it can be sent quickly by email or over the Internet

msg

abbreviation

message: used in text messages

nonrepudiation

noun

the ability of the person who receives a message to know who sent it, especially by the digital signature on the message

omg

abbreviation

An abbreviation for Oh my God: written to show surprise or excitement about something, especially in text messages or emails

outbox

noun

the place on an email program where emails are stored before you send them

ping

verb

to contact someone by phone or email

private key cryptography

noun

a way of keeping Internet messages secret in which a single key (=letter or number) changes the message into code and back again

push mail

noun

email sent to a particular group of people in order to advertise a product or service

rich email

noun

an email with a voice message attached to it, or this type of email in general

send

verb

to arrange for a message to be delivered to a person by email

sexting

noun

the practice of sending sexual images or messages to someone’s mobile phone

signature file

noun

a computer file that contains information about the person who sent an email

smiley

noun

the symbol :-), used in emails for emphasizing that you are joking. A smiley is a type of emoticon.

SMS

noun

short message service: a method of sending a text message to a mobile phone

SMS

noun

a text message sent by SMS

SMTP

abbreviation

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol: the main method of sending emails on the Internet, consisting of rules for how programs sending email should work with programs receiving email

spam

noun

emails that are sent to large numbers of people on the Internet, especially when these are not wanted

spamming

noun

the practice of sending emails to large numbers of people on the Internet, especially when these are not wanted

spim

noun

emails that are sent to large numbers of people on the Internet and that arrive on their computer screens in the form of instant messages, especially when these are not wanted

subject line

noun

the place in an email where you can type what the email is about

text

noun

a text message

text

verb

to send a written message to someone using a mobile phone

texting

noun

the process of sending and receiving written messages using a mobile phone

text message

noun

a written message that you send or receive using a mobile phone

text messaging

noun

texting

thread

noun

a series of email messages or messages on a bulletin board about a particular subject

spammer

noun

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