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    Default emails eaten?

    If I want to say an email I sent was not delivered properly (e.g. wrong address so it's sent back to me / the recipient can't receive it), can I say the emails are eaten? I want something informal and colloquial thanks

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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    A common phrase that I've used myself is "bounced back".
    "The email I sent bounced back, have I got the address wrong?".

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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    In BrE, I hear just bounced, as well as bounced back.

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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    If you want specifically to be quirky about it, you can say something like "It got sucked into a black hole in cyberspace." But "I got a bounceback on the e-mail I sent you" tells the recipient what the problem was.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 09-Jan-2013 at 15:23.
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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    Thank you all
    What if it is not bounced back?
    It was well-sent but the recipient can't receive it?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    If the email isn't getting through because of, for example, spam filters or an attachment that's too large, it's said to be "blocked".

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    Default Re: emails eaten?

    If it's just one of those annoying times when you send a perfectly good email to a correct email address and it just doesn't get there, then it just "didn't go through", "wasn't received" etc. We don't have a specific phrase.

    In addition to Barb's quirky suggestion about black holes and cyberspace, I have been known to say "I have no idea where that email went. It just disappeared into the ether!"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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