We have (wiki with sources) new latin words for the email service (cursus electronicus or cursus publicus electronicus), a single email (litterae electronicae or electrogramma, -tis n) and email address (Inscriptio electrica or inscriptio cursualis electronica). Now I want to talk about a mailing list.

A list might be tabulae, index or catalogus. I'm not sure wich fits best, but catalogus is rather greek and tabulae cannot be declined to plural. Let's try index.

The first idea is a list of mails: index litterarum electronicarum or (to emphasize the plural) index epistularum electronicarum

But mailing list is not really a list of mails, but of mail addresses or recipients: index inscriptionum electricarum or index acceptorum epistularum electronicarum

But in a practical sense a mailing list is not really a list of addresses, but a tool to write emails to many people at the same time. For better recognizability we may stick with index: index ad epistulas electronicas producendum or mittendum - but that is really clumsy and long.

Does anyone have a good idea for a fitting word?

Ideally we also have fitting verbs: maybe se/aliquem in indicem ... referre (subscribe), se/aliquem ab indice ... eradere (unsubscribe) and epistula electronica ad personas indicis dare (write to mailing list)

  • The same way as in several East-Asian languages today, and in some European languages today which I have knowledge of, new words can be created by using the first few or last syllables of key words. 셀카 (sel-ka), for instance, is the Korean word for ‘selfie’ (from self + camera). As is well known, we have ‘bus’ from ‘omnibus’, and Nordic languages have ‘bil’ from ‘automobile’. How about finding Latin sources for the same method, and create words such as litterōnica, Could such a word be created to get a less clumsy word for mailing list? After all, ‘mailing’ = ‘sending electronic mail’.
    – Canned Man
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 10:57

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Surely a mailing list is a list of email addresses, index inscriptionum electronicarum (where the last word would be the first to drop out for convenience, I suppose). To subscribe would surely be nomen dare ("register," as in for a course).

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