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What is a carbon copy notation in a letter?

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The carbon copy notation of a letter, indicated with "cc:" and followed by a name or names, shows recipients who else received the same correspondence. It is included after the closing, signature and postscript.

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Carbon copy recipients are visible on both written correspondence and email, while blind carbon copy recipients are hidden. On a written letter, the "bcc:" notation may be present but no names follow.

The term carbon copy comes from the method for copying letters when typewriters were used to write them. A piece of carbon paper was inserted between two sheets of paper so a letter could be duplicated easily while it was typed.

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