LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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The abbreviation c.c. was originally used in written correspondence to indicate distribution of carbon copies. The advent of word processing and copying machines resulted in a change in the term to mean courtesy copies.
Additionally you will see the term b.c.c., (blind courtesy copy) which is indicated on an original correspondence but not indicated on copies. This shows the distribution of courtesy copies to persons not shown on the c.c. distribution list, a Machiavellian way of sharing secrets with a select few. Only the sender and the b.c.c. recipients are informed of the complete distribution. Perhaps this term should properly be simply b.c. because it is not a courtesy to keep secrets.
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