snail mail

Facetious.
noun
1.
physical delivery of mail, as contrasted with e-mail.
2.
the letters, packages, etc. delivered this way.
Also called s-mail.


Origin:
1980–85

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snail mail
 
n
1.  the conventional postal system, as opposed to electronic mail
 
vb
2.  (tr) to send by the conventional postal system, rather than by electronic mail
 
[C20: so named because of the relative slowness of the conventional postal system]

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Cultural Dictionary

snail mail definition


A term used to denote mail sent via the traditional postal service, usually to contrast that process to e-mail.

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Computing Dictionary

snail mail definition

messaging
(Or "snailmail", "smail" from "US Mail" via "USnail"; "paper mail"). Bits of dead tree sent via the postal service as opposed to electronic mail. One's postal address is, correspondingly, a "snail (mail) address". There have even been parody USnail posters and stamps made.
The variant "paper-net" is a hackish way of referring to the postal service, comparing it to a very slow, low-reliability network. Sig blocks sometimes include a "Paper-Net:" header just before the sender's postal address; common variants of this are "Papernet" and "P-Net". Note that the standard netiquette guidelines discourage this practice as a waste of bandwidth, since netters are quite unlikely to casually use postal addresses and if they really wanted your snail mail address they could always ask for it by e-mail.
Compare voice-net, sneakernet, P-mail.
(1995-01-31)
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Idioms & Phrases

snail mail

Ordinary postal service, as opposed to electronic communications. For example, He hasn't taken to his computer so he's still using snail mail. This slangy idiom, alluding to the alleged slowness of the snail, caught on at least partly for its rhyme. [1980s]

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Example sentences
Got two rejections today, one via snail mail and the other via email.
Most of the times, my emails have bounced back which means snail mail is the
  best way to post your applications.
One school even rejected me twice, early by email and then after the search was
  completed by snail mail.
Photos straight from the camera were ordered in minutes, and the prints came
  within a week via snail mail.
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