A snippet from a conversation from my mum - this was after the usual 'We checked the obituaries and didn't see your name, so we assuemd you are still alive' and update on every member of the home town conversation.
Mum: So I set up one of those thingies and wrote you a letter and used that bit that you wrote down and it said it doesn't exist.
Matt: I have no idea what you just said, were you just picking words randomly out of a dictionary?
Mum: I have enough of that off your bloody father, don't you start!
Matt: OK, so start again - what exactly are you trying to do?
Mum: The email thingy! I made one, wrote you a letter and the thing you wrote down it says doesn't exist.
Matt:...... oh right - my gmail address? I'm sorry, it was in May and some things have happened between now and then. So you used email@example.com?
Mum: Yes! that's the one!
Matt: Well it should work....I'll tell you what, give me your email address and I will send you an email, that way you can just add me to your friends when you get it.
Mum: OK, all right then. You're dad's on the PC playing his silly games at the moment. You send me an email, and if it arrives I will give you a call to let you know its arrived.
Matt:....Was I adopted?