Re: [Czechlist] TERM: Postal vs. mailing
- In a message dated 2/27/02 4:30:00 AM, miriamcekalova@... writes:
>I have an easy question. My colleague and I cannot come to an agreementYour colleague needs to spend more time in the United States, and pay more
>as to whether it is possible to use the term "postal" address. My colleague
>has studied in the United States, so he suggests "mailing" address.
attention. "Postal address" and "mailing address" are both perfectly
acceptable, natural expressions in American English, and neither one sounds
"too British" to us or even foreign at all.
We also have "postal abbreviations" for states, such as MI, MN, NV, MA. And
sometimes, when we know that a form will be filled out by both Americans and
people outside the US, we write "postal code" instead of "ZIP code".
There is no rule for the use of "mailing" and "postal". It's like "autumn"
and "fall". We Americans say both.