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Is there an official rule on whether it's die Email or das Email? I've heard people use both, although more commonly the female form.

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Shouldn't it be called by its full name? I.e. "Die E-Mail-Nachricht"? –  Uwe Keim Dec 1 '11 at 19:00
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I personally like "Strom-Post" better than E-Mail ;) –  user1220 Jan 11 '12 at 19:16
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What is "das Email"? Das Emaille kenne ich. –  user unknown Jan 13 '12 at 18:51
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@user: duden.de/rechtschreibung/Email –  Hendrik Vogt Jan 14 '12 at 12:17
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Dass es derart eingedeutscht ist hätte ich nicht gedacht. Ich wander aus ... –  user unknown Jan 14 '12 at 15:59
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According to the Duden, both feminine and neuter genders are possible. My personal experience is that indeed most people use die E-Mail in Germany; according to the comments, people tend to say das E-Mail in Austria and Switzerland. Note that the Duden lists the word as E-Mail, not Email (the latter being also a German word for enamel).

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Yes, in fact I have not heard anyone actually using "das E-Mail". Might have to do with the fact that "Post" is female as well, which "E-Mail" translates into, and "das Email" would be the proper enamel gender, as you pointed out. –  Katharina Nickel Aug 16 '11 at 13:23
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I actually know a few people who say das E-Mail. (I also know someone who says die E-Post, which I like very much :-)) –  Hendrik Vogt Aug 16 '11 at 13:28
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Personal experience: Our Austrian customers tend to say das E-Mail, just like das Cola. –  OregonGhost Aug 16 '11 at 16:48
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Der Brief, die Post, das Schreiben. Man suche es sich aus. Siehe auch die Diskussion Wonach richtet sich das Geschlecht eines Anglizismus? –  user unknown Aug 16 '11 at 20:36
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In Switzerland people tend to say "das E-Mail" instead of "die E-Mail". –  Philippe Gerber Aug 18 '11 at 10:03
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