“What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.”
Commonly used expressions containing the word ‘letter’:
airmail letter - a letter sent by air mail begging letter - a letter asking for money, sent to an individual or an organization believed to be rich blackmail letter - a letter of threatening to reveal substantially true information about a person to the public, a family member, or associates unless a demand made upon the victim is met business letter - a letter dealing with business chain letter - a letter which is sent to several people who are each asked to send copies to several others, and which sometimes threatens that bad things will happen if they do not send these copies circular letter - an advertisement intended for wide distribution complaint letter - letter of complaint confirmation letter - letter of acknowledgment, letter of confirmation cover letter - a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information dead letter - an unclaimed or undelivered letter that after a period of time is destroyed or returned to the sender by postal service express letter - special delivery, mail that is delivered by a special carrier (for an additional charge) letter box - a private box for delivery of mail, public box for deposit of mail letter carrier - a person, especially a postal worker, who delivers mail letterhead - the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper, usually consisting of a name and an address letter paper - paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters; usually with matching envelopes direct mail - advertising circulars or other printed matter sent directly through the mail to prospective customers or contributors, junk mail hate mail - mail that expresses the writer's dislike or hatred (usually in offensive language), poison-pen mail snail mail - normal postal mail, where an actual physical letter or package is delivered; paper mail, as opposed to electronic love letter - a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection Dear John letter - a letter written by a woman to her husband or boyfriend to inform him that their relationship is over, usually due to the woman finding another man letter bomb - a small bomb that is put in an envelope or parcel and sent to someone by post open letter - a letter intended to be read by a lot of people, not just the person it is addressed to red-letter day - a special, happy and important day that you will always remember silent letter - a letter which is written but not pronounced, such as the 'b' in 'debt'
Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.
You’ve got mail.
Please send a covering letter with your application form.
Sending or receiving chain letters increases your exposure to spam.
In the field of postal delivery a dead letter refers to a letter or parcel sent via the mail that for some reason is undeliverable or unclaimed.
We agreed the deal online, but we'll have to wait for snail mail to get the paperwork.
The term "Dear John letter" refers to a letter written by a woman to her husband or boyfriend to inform him that their relationship is over, usually due to the woman finding another man. Nowadays, the roles may also be reversed, with a man notifying his wife or girlfriend. Sometimes this is referred to as a "Dear Jane" letter.
More than 60% of English words have silent letters.