What does CC (Courtesy Copy) mean?

I'm writing a business letter, and I was wondering what CC means?

Thank you!

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What kind of copies is it referring to?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    CC originally meant Carbon Copy. Before there were photocopiers and computers, if you wanted to make a copy of a document, you would take a piece of carbon paper and stick it between two pieces of typing paper (plain white paper). The carbon paper would have a powdery black substance (the "carbon" stuck to one side which you would face towards the bottom piece of typing paper. You take this paper "sandwich" and roll it into your typewriter. When you typed on the top sheet, the impact of the metal type would cause the black carbon to be transferred from the carbon paper to the sheet underneath. If you needed more than one copy, you just stacked another piece of carbon paper and typing paper underneath. If you made a mistake, you had to roll everything out, take apart your paper sandwich, erase the mistake from each copy (or, in later years, white it out), put the sandwich back together, roll everything back into the typewriter, and continue. Carbon Copy doesn't really have the same connotation as it did back then, so some people started calling it Courtesy Copy, even though it has the same purpose.

    The original should go to the primary person or people to whom it is addressed. Carbon copies are routed to people who need to be kept in the loop as far as what is going on. For example, if you are writing a letter to a client, you may want to CC your boss so your boss knows what is going on.

    And there's also something called a BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. This is something that is unique to e-mail. Everyone on the BCC line will get a copy of the e-mail, but their e-mail address will not appear on everyone else's copy, so no one else will know that they got the e-mail. This is useful if you want to protect the privacy of the recipient.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Courtesy Copy

  • EMW
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    On any letter, if you add the CC: notation at the bottom, you are indicating that you are sending a copy of that same letter to somebody else. For instance, you might write a letter to your insurance agent asking when the company will pay for your loss, and send a copy of the letter to the contractor who has done repair work for you. The point is to let somebody else know what the letter says, and the CC notation lets the first person know that now the second person has also received the letter.

    If you were to use BCC instead, you ONLY put the notation on the copy that is going to the second person. BCC means "blind courtesy copy." You are letting the second person know what you told the first, but it's a secret from the first person that you've told the second person.

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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    CC = Carbon Copy

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Carbon Copy Abbreviation

  • 1 decade ago

    If you are writing to someone about something that may concern the third party in some way, you send them a courtesy copy.

    For example,

    If you are writing to your boss requesting a change of location because you find that the plants nearby you are causing your allergies to act up, you may sent a copy to the person beside you so that they don't think it is their fault that you are moving.

    Not the best example have given, but just to show that you understand that in some way, your communication with another person may effect another person or persons.

  • 1 decade ago

    Let's say your boss dictates a letter to a business associate, but as a courtesy to another business executive who your boss knows, he sends a copy of the letter he sent to the first guy to the second business executive. This is what is known in the trade as a courtesy copy. It is not a different letter. It is simply a copy of the original letter. This is done all the time in business and other professions.

  • 1 decade ago

    Back in the day, it meant carbon copy. Then as now it meant a copy of the letter was being forwarded to another party. The CC: was followed by the name and address of the recipient of the copy. The name followed the CC: and subsequent lines were tabbed to line up vertically.

  • 1 decade ago

    you normally address your letter to the person who needs to act on your letter. people you CC are those who have a need to know or those whom you feel deserve to know about your letter. CC also refers to 'copy furnish' others aside from your addressee.

    cheers

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