Words (16)

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This French  idiomatic expression “as easy as putting a letter in the mailbox” (passer comme une lettre à la poste) was first used   to refer to the ease of digestion and is still used today to evoke what is easy and trouble-free. Maybe not for long. The ritual of letter writing, in the era of technology, increasingly seems, to generations born with technology, a long and perhaps tedious process : date the letter and then write  the letter in one’s  best writing, avoiding ink stains, sign, fold, insert the letter  into an envelope,  before walking  to the letter box. It‘s a safe bet that the meaning of this term will become less and less transparent in the future. As for me, this pretty mailbox near my place  makes me want to write letters for the sake of putting them in the mailbox.

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