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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MAIL

The mail, at this epoch, was very different from what it is at present.

I will go down by the mail train to-night; I cannot rest until he is found.

Cadge fancies, I suppose, that by any mail I may get a big check from home.

I, who wear no armor, will go as far as any one with breastplate of mail.

He wrote a reply early in the afternoon, and insisted on going to mail it himself.

The mail service of Central Africa is slow but very certain.

Then he sought to loosen the rings that held the coat of mail.

So I told him I'd jist writ a letter home, and I wuz a tryin' to mail it.

Wland (gen. Wlandes, 455), the maker of Bewulf's coat of mail, 455.

Then they took up the box between them, and sallied out to meet the mail.

WORD ORIGIN

"post, letters," c.1200, "a traveling bag," from Old French male "wallet, bag, bundle," from Frankish *malha or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *malho- (cf. Old High German malaha "wallet, bag," Middle Dutch male "bag"), from PIE *molko- "skin, bag." Sense extension to "letters and parcels" (18c.) is via "bag full of letter" (1650s) or "person or vehicle who carries postal matter" (1650s). In 19c. England, mail was letters going abroad, while home dispatches were post. Sense of "personal batch of letters" is from 1844, originally American English.

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