Obviously I’ve got my copy of the new Guardian and I’ll have more to say about it later on.
But I just wanted to raise a point about the letters page. They’ve renamed it “Letters and Emails”. Now that makes sense on one level as I assume that a large proportion of the letters aren’t actually sent through the post any more.
My issue is with the use of the word “emails”. Given that “email” is based on the word “mail” then I’d expect it to follow the same rules. And the plural of “mail” is… well it doesn’t really have one. It’s a weird noun that is only ever used in the singular. “I got a lot of mail yesterday”. “Email” should follow the same usage.
Which of these sounds better?
“How much email do you get in a day?”
“How many emails do you get in a day?”
“I have too much email in my inbox”
“I have too many emails in my inbox”
I feel a letter (or, rather, an email) to the editor coming on.
 Ignoring, for a second, the fact that if you were speaking British English you’d actually use “post” instead of “mail”.