An email address hack (sometimes known as simply email hack) is a conventional email address, but uses the commercial at symbol (@) as the letter a to create a word from an email address.

Although very closely related, an email address hack may, or may not, also be a domain name hack converted into an email address hack. Unlike a domain name hack, it does not matter if the TLD (top level domain) is used as an integral part of the email address title. By definition, (a variation of the domain name hack and (a variation of the regular domain name are both considered to be email address hacks that spell out James.

Naming ConventionEdit

The "hack" part of email hack (and also domain hack) is meant in the computer programming sense, not the computer security sense. In other words, an email hack is a hack of the email address standard in the sense that it makes it do something it was not intended to do. It is not a hack in the sense of an illegal security system hack.


The term "email hack" was defined and coined by Matthew Doucette[1] in October 2004[2] while programming a domain hack and email hack search utility[3].

On 1996-12-18, The Contact Lens Practice in Birmingham registered the domain, [1], to create the email address hack, .

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  1. nominet whois

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