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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

snail-mail n. Paper mail, as opposed to electronic. Sometimes written as the single word ?SnailMail?. One's postal address is, correspondingly, a snail address. Derives from earlier coinage ?USnail? (from ?U.S. Mail?), for which there have even been parody posters and stamps made. Also (less commonly) called P-mail, from ?paper mail? or ?physical mail?. Oppose email. (Note: Actual garden snails progress at about 10 meters per hour, which is about 25-50 times slower than the U.K.'s Royal Mail; comparable measurements for other countries have not yet been made. More biologically apt terms might be ?sloth-mail? at 250 m/hr or ?tortoise-mail? at 270 m/hr. See communication for details.)