Here's your trivioid for the day; I just heard this on the radio. Newfoundland has just changed their USPS/Canada Post joint state/province/territory designator, effective today, from NF to NL. That's supposed to reflect the term Newfoundland and Labrador." NF always did include Labrador, but Labrador, on the mainland, is several times larger than the island of Newfoundland proper, but with a much lower population density (Happy Valley-Goose Bay is the largest place there, where there's a Canadian air force and air rescue base). QC (Quebec) was against the change in the *official* name of Newfoundland to N&L because they don't accept the Privy Council decision on the Labrador-QC boundary in the north, so they feel this is a purely political move on the part of the Newfoundland government.
I find it confusing because it's also the ISO 2-letter code, as well as the EU postal designator, for the Netherlands. But these are always controversial. When our new, 3rd territory of Nunavut was created, the proposed postal designator was NU, to differentiate it from NT (Northwest Territories). It was then pointed out that NU is also the French word for nude, so (probably with upcast eyebrows and sighs of exasperation) the USPS/Canada Post's joint committee threw up their hands and said NT would be used for both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars” Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================