CC and BCC in English, What do they stand for? | GoProfe


Are you writing an email and suddenly you don’t know how to send it? All those fields to fill in and you don’t understand them. Cc, Bcc. What do they mean? What do they stand for? You are going to be surprised once you discover it.

A common feature/field in an email, CC means “Carbon Copy” while BCC means “Blind Carbon Copy”. BCC allows a message sender to conceal the person entered in the fields from the other recipients. This concept originally applied to paper correspondence (carbon copy) and now also applies to e-mails.

How was this possible?



Sometimes, it is necessary not to show the names of other recipients of a paper correspondence.  To achieve this BCC in paper you had to (via Wikipedia):

  • Add the names in a second step to each copy, without carbon paper;
  • Set the ribbon not to strike the paper, which leaves names off the top copy (but may leave letter impressions on the paper).

With email, recipients of a message are specified using addresses in any of these three fields:

  • To: primary recipients
  • CC: (carbon copy) to secondary recipients (other interested parties)
  • BCC: (blind carbon copy) to tertiary recipients who receive the message. The primary and secondary recipients cannot see the tertiary recipients. Depending on email software, the tertiary recipients may only see their own email address in BCC, or they may see the email addresses of all primary and secondary recipients.

It is common practice to use the BCC field when addressing a very long list of recipients, like mailing lists.cc_bcc_meaning

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