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    Question mail or post for UK?

    Hi, what is used more often in UK English? Mail or post? Is there any difference in meaning? I am quite sure about post office. But what about postbox or mailbox? Thanks,
    Marketa

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    Re: mail or post for UK?

    For my generation (I am in my sixties), post was British, mail American in all uses, though the organisation running our postal services has always been the Royal Mail, often referred to as the Post Office or the GPO. However, the use of mail has become more common in recent years among speakers of BrE; the place where we do business related to this is still, and only, the post office.

    I post my letters in a pillar box or postbox, though I may use a letter box or postbox if it is set in the wall of a building. When letters arrive at my house, they come through the letter box.

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    #3

    Re: mail or post for UK?

    Also, nobody says e-post, and in some contexts where a Br Eng speaker says, for example, 'I sent you mail', they mean e-mail*; if they say 'I sent you a mail' they always mean e-mail.

    b
    PS When I started working in IT in 1984, the most common means of inter-office communication was an electronic mail product called VAXmail (before all this Internet stuff came to prominence). We always called it just 'mail'. Some years later, when I started work in another department, I was surprised that everyone said 'email'.

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    #4

    Re: mail or post for UK?

    It's a bit ironic that Briton get the post from the Royal Mail, while Americans get their mail from the Postal Service.

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