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Mailstrom

blending Noun
A huge, disorganized, chaotic deluge of e-mails.
 
"It turns out the latest shipment of batteries would spontaneously catch on fire. Our customer service reps have been in a huge mailstrom online."
Etymology : A combination of the words "mail" and "maelstrom", (a violent pandemonium). "Mail" comes from Middle English "male", from Proto-Germanic "malho" (bag, pouch), from Proto-Indo-European "molko" (leather pouch). "Maelstrom" comes from Old Dutch "maelstrom", from Dutch "malen" (to whirl) and Dutch "stroom" (stream).
Source : http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A28125-2004Jul4 John Kelly. July 5, 2004.
Last modified: 4 December 2011


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