Answers to Questions About Abbreviations

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The short form of state names — based on US Postal Service usage and technically considered a symbol rather than an abbreviation — omits periods, and both letters are capitalized. Your eBook : Click here to download the Basic English Grammar ebook.

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The creed of the United States Postal Service, translated from Herodotus, declares, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”. Want a Free Copy of the "100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid" eBook?

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25 German Loanwords

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Reich (“realm”): in German, usually a neutral term for “empire” or part of a name for a nationalized service, such as the postal service, but in English, because of the Nazi appellation “the Third Reich,” connotes tyranny. Your eBook : Click here to download the Basic English Grammar ebook.

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How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

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When an entity is referred to generically, even if the term is part of the entity’s name, the wording should, by definition, be lowercase: “the department,” “the bureau” (for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for example), “the postal service” (in reference to the US Postal Service). Your eBook : Click here to download the Basic English Grammar ebook. Nomenclature for US government entities can be complicated.

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How to Write a Cover Letter

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Start the letter with your own address on one line, followed by the city and state (using the US Postal Service’s two-letter state symbols) and the ZIP code on the next. (It’s Your eBook : Click here to download the Basic English Grammar ebook. Does anyone write business letters anymore? Whether or not you still employ this declining form of communication, you should be aware of the customary procedure, because the necessity may come up.

Exceptions in the Rules of Hyphenation

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By contrast, the US Postal Service, on its Web site, correctly styles the term nonprofit — but the Internal Revenue Service employs the hyphen, as do many such organizations.) Your eBook : Click here to download the Basic English Grammar ebook.

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7 Advisories About Abbreviations

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Postal Symbols. Postal symbols are a prescribed set of two-letter abbreviations for states that are sometimes used as shorthand in nonpostal applications. In 1963, to make room for an innovation known as the ZIP code (which phrase has its own entry below), the US Postal Service advocated a two-letter form ( CA , for example), but many people persist in incorrectly styling such abbreviations uppercase/lowercase (e.g.,

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