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Carbon Copy (CC)

In email composition, the “CC:” section, short for Carbon Copy, is a method of sending an email to additional addressees without inserting them into the primary “To:” section. While this might seem counter intuitive as it’s just as easy to put an email address in the “To:” section as the “CC:”, the practice is a holdover from the days of paper letters and memos where a document within an organization would be intended for a specific recipient but additional carbon copies could be sent to people who needed to stay abreast of the material. That same functionality remains in email: the primary recipient(s) go in the “To:” section and anyone else who needs to be aware of the communication but is not the primary recipient goes in the “CC:” section.

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