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 for snail-mail
From 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 http://www.newscientist.com/lastword/answers/789communication.jsp?tp=
      communication for details.)
  

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