Secret French name for “email”

02.26.07 | Comment?

Filling out a form to request hotel reservation information on a French site, I was asked to enter my “courriel”. What the #&$% is a courriel ? And so I look it up… oh? It just means email address. It’s short for courrier electronique. The best is that it exists since 2003…WOW!

Excerpt from french.about.com :

le courriel [cu ryel]

email

L’Académie française vient de choisir « courriel » en tant que traduction officielle de courrier électronique – The Académie française just chose “courriel” as the official French translation of email.

Envoyer qqch par courriel – to email something

Courriel, c’est officiel

courriel

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