snail-mail


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snail mail

Paper mail sent through the postal service (as opposed to email). Snails are thought of as very slow. A: "Did we get any exciting snail mail today?" B: "Nah, just some bills." Wait, you sent the invitations snail mail? Why didn't you just do e-vites?
See also: mail, snail

snail-mail

n. post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snail-mail.
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Although the country's snail-mail system is inching toward obsolescence, this is still an abuse of the thousands of people who rely on monthly checks to pay their bills.
CHANNEL ISLANDS - As the century's first California State University eyes its 2002 opening, the snail-mail version of faculty recruiting has been replaced by a complex, cost-efficient Internet system that is collecting applications from around the world.