Internet, Web, and Other E-Issues

Q. What is the plural of e-mail when it’s used as a noun? Is it e-mail or e-mails? There’s been a bit of controversy over this as a lot of people say “e-mails” but the plural form of mail, when used as a noun, is mail. Then, there’s e-mailings. Thanks!

A. Use email (not emails) or email messages for the plural form of the noun (“she gets a lot of email”); except informally, emails is better reserved for use as a verb (“he emails reminders to himself”). And whereas Merriam-Webster lists both e-mail (hyphen) and email (no hyphen), Chicago now prefers the latter.