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From: Eric Haas <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Very OT State Postal Abbreviation
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 22:36:16 -0500
Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 10:15:01 PM, Walt wrote:
W> Alaska, as noted before, didn't follow the rules. I expect that this was
W> because a senator or representative from Alaska objected to being from the
W> AS(s) state. Some of you probably remember a joke that went around about
W> the state of Machusetts - the other letters went to the White House. Not
W> very tasteful, but if you were anticipating untasteful jokes about your
W> state you might want to head them off. Just a guess, of course.
Following the rules, Alaska would have been AA, not AS.
Also, there are more two letter abbreviations than just the 50 states.
Canadian provinces also all have two letter abbreviations (most of
which, but not all, follow the rules). There are also the District of
Columbia (DC), and several overseas territories and possesions (e.g.,
American Samoa AS, Guam GU, the Marhsall Islands, MH, Virgin Islands
VI, and a few others). Palau (PW) and Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
are obvious rule breakers, containing letters in their abbreviations
that aren't even in their names.