I have a lot to say about this…and maybe I’ve said a lot about it before…but I’ve always found the construction “e-mail” intolerably complicated. It is not so much the act of making the hyphen go in there, but the whole way of thinking that insists on the hyphen. I mean, how come this hyphen? Just to be all “e”? I dunno, something about it offends me, there is something about it like genuflection. I can’t stand it, and I won’t.
So, for the last few years, I haven’t: I’ve said “email” instead. But this is really no better, because it makes me feel loike I’m stupidly misspelling the name “Emile”.
And so here it is: do it our way, or do it some other way that is just as annoying. This is how engineers design. I do not mean to harp to much on the foibles of engineers, mind you — I have nothing at all against engineers, if the truth be told, except that they only ever offer me a wrong way, and demand that I get used to it or endure a worse way. And I’m well aware that this is not because they are bad people, but only because my ways differ from their ways, what they find useful is not what I find useful, it is simply a matter of subjective values.
I’m using “@”, from now on, as the mark in place of both the hated “e-mail” and the ugly “email”. And this may cause some confusion on Twitter or elsewhere, doubtless elsewhere as “@” gets used for more and more things, but I say this to you all in complete seriousness, that FUCK IT IF I AM WRITING EITHER “E-MAIL” OR “EMAIL” EVER AGAIN IF I DON”T ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO FOR REASONS OF ABSOLUTELY PRECISE CLARITY! Which may be one of my core values but which is definitely not one of the core values of software engineers. Christ, the system of machine-beeps that regulates our lives in the home and workplace doesn’t have any regulation either, but at least the beep-people of major manufacturing corporations give a damn about the magic principle of clarity, which to them simply equals minimum fucking fuss, and lack of confusion! So I can deal with them…!
But with the grotesquerie known as “e-mail” I cannot deal. A joke’s a joke, fellas, but this one’s gone too far. And I am not only NOT typing that hyphen anymore, but I’m not typing the absence of the hyphen either. The whole thing’s an assault on language. Why if the Beep People ran their show like that, they’d be fired out a torpedo tube.
And THAT! Is THAT.
So if anyone has trouble understanding what I’m saying from now on, well at least I don’t have any trouble understanding what I’m fucking typing, and I’ll take that trade-off.
Therefore it’s “@” from now on. Sorry.
But man, you can’t believe for how long that has gotten my goat.
Anyway it’s over now!