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airmail letter - a letter sent by air mail
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Luftpostbrief
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
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Erpresserbrief
a letter dealing with business
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Geschäftsbrief
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
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Kettenbrief
an advertisement intended for wide distribution
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Rundschreiben, Serienbrief
letter of complaint
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Beschwerdebrief
letter of acknowledgment, letter of confirmation
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Bestätigungsschreiben
a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
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Anschreiben
special delivery, mail that is delivered by a special carrier (for an additional charge)
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Eilbrief
a private box for delivery of mail, public box for deposit of mail
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Briefkasten
a person, especially a postal worker, who delivers mail
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Briefträger, Postzusteller
paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters; usually with matching envelopes
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Briefpapier
advertising circulars or other printed matter sent directly through the mail to prospective customers or contributors, junk mail
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Postwurfsendung, Direktwerbung
mail that expresses the writer's dislike or hatred (usually in offensive language), poison-pen mail
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Drohbrief
normal postal mail, where an actual physical letter or package is delivered; paper mail, as opposed to electronic
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"Schneckenpost" - normaler Postweg
a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection
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Liebesbrief
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
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jemanden den Laufpass geben
a small bomb that is put in an envelope or parcel and sent to someone by post
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Briefbombe
a letter intended to be read by a lot of people, not just the person it is addressed to
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offener Brief
a special, happy and important day that you will always remember
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Feiertag, Festtag
a letter which is written but not pronounced, such as the 'b' in 'debt'
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Buchstaben, die nicht ausgesprochen werden
CORRESPONDENCE / Talking about Letters


It seems to be the case that the end of snail mail as we know it is drawing nearer and nearer. Some say paper letters are as useful as a silent letter in a word; however, be that as it may, letters and mail are still integral to modern society, whether in ‘e’ form on the internet, or in traditional paper form. Many people still prefer to send important messages or business letters via express letter or even by courier or letter carrier, if the contents of the letter are needed same day. International letters are still sent via airmail, especially if important private documents where the privacy of the sending via email is still questionable. To date, CV’s are also preferred in paper form, inclusive of a cover letter.

Also romance still runs strong in letter form, giving that personal message a certain ‘touch’, a bridge that the internet is yet to successfully achieve. Nothing is quite the same as receiving a love letter through the letter box, or a card or present reminding someone close of a red-letter day. Or indeed, for more negative purposes, nothing says ‘I hate you’ quite as well as hate mail, or a ‘dear John’ letter to tell the once loved one that the relationship is over.

Letters are still preferred for legal purposes where it is often the case that written proof plays a very important role in the enforcing of the judicial system. In such instances as complaint letters and confirmation letters written on letter paper, with a correct letter head of recipient, date and subject etc are all important points of written proof.

We all remember those old films where the murderer would be caught due to being foolish enough to send demands of someone else in blackmail letter form, covered in his prints. What would cliché films be without them?!

In advertising, there is still no better type of ‘advertising letter bomb spam’ than chain letters, open letters, direct mail to multiple recipients as well as circular letters for getting a message across.







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