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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  • 4 years 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.

  • 4 years ago

    In the past, a carbon copy was the under-copy of a document created when carbon paper was placed between the original and the under-copy during the production of a document.[1] With the advent of email, the abbreviations cc or bcc (blind carbon copy) have also come to refer to sending copies of an electronic message to recipients other than the addressee.

    Nowadays "carbon copy" is often used metaphorically to refer simply to an exact copy. It is not to be confused with the carbon print family of photographic reproduction processes.

    In e-mail, the abbreviation CC indicates those who are to receive a copy of a message addressed primarily to another (CC is the abbreviation of carbon copy). The list of recipients in copy is visible to all other recipients of the message. An additional BCC (blind carbon copy) field is available for hidden notification; recipients listed in the BCC field receive a copy of the message, but are not shown on any other recipient's copy (including other BCC recipients). It is considered good practice to indicate to the other recipients that a new participant has been added to the list of receivers (e.g. by writing "I sent a copy to John Doe" or "John Doe, who is reading in copy, [...]").

    In common usage, the To field recipients are the primary audience of the message, CC field recipients are others to whom the author wishes to send the message publicly, and BCC field recipients are the others to whom the message is sent.[5]


  • 4 years ago

    (originally) carbon copy

    (Internet) A copy of an email sent to a person other than the main recipient


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