Postal code - what is it and what is it eaten with?
A bit of history: Royal Mail of the UK
The British postal service began with messengers that in 1516 they carried letters of exclusively national importance. Because the foot messengers replaced the horse, the scope of the Royal Mail grew. Moreover, it is to the Royal Mail of Great Britain that the world owes a number of features that are now inherent in all the posts of the world. For example, postage stamps appeared right here, initially they helped to distinguish their letters from foreign ones, and the postal code appeared to facilitate the work of postal employees and automate mail sorting, because it was much easier to determine the destination letter by code than to try to read each individual address.
A curious fact: the British monks always depict the ruling monarch, and with the change of ruler in the country, new brands are also produced. The “Black Penny” is considered the first brand of the sample familiar to the modern man, the brand, issued in 1840, depicting the profile of Queen Victoria.
US Postal Service: From Royal Control to Independent Office
The United States Postal Service dates back to the 17th century, from the time when the current United States was still under the control of the British crown. By the end of the 18th century, there were about 75 postal institutions in the country, whose incomes, alas, did not cover the expenses. However, over time, a separate post office formed under the authority of the US government. Now the American postal service is almost entirely owned by the state, and only 10% of its shares are owned by its employees.
Zip / postal code - translate this and other useful expressions.
We will be defined with a difference of values. It has already been said that postal code is an ordinary zip code. And specifically this option is used in the United Kingdom. And zip code is the American analogue postal code. The translation of the expression does not change.
A list of the most commonly used English words and expressions associated with mail:
- postage stamp - a stamp;
- letter - a letter;
- envelope - an envelope;
- send a letter - to send a letter;
- get a letter - to get a letter;
- package - a parcel / package (British / American version);
- post office - a post / mail office;
- Mailbox - a post-office / mail box.
How to decrypt postal code? What it is?
First you need to deal with the device British postal code. As a rule, it consists of 5-7 characters, a combination of letters and numbers, separated from each other by a space. The first two letters of the first part are the code of the postal area (see map), the subsequent ones define the city or its part. The second part of the index is the postal sector and point of delivery. As a rule, one full index belongs to about 15 houses, so each recipient has a separate additional two-digit code that distinguishes it from its neighbors.
A separate item on this list is the British capital. London because of its size is divided into several postal areas, some of which have in their abbreviation the designation of the side of the world. Moreover, the cost of delivery of the letter depends on the postal code in the UK.
American postal code is much simpler and looks more familiar to Russian people - it is a simple combination of numbers, because the city is indicated directly in the address, and the state name is never written completely - only an abbreviation of two letters, also in its place in the lines with the address of the sender / recipient.
Instead of conclusion
The work of the postal service is an important process in the life of any state. And the principle of its operation is similar in any country: that people write a zip code on the envelopes, that the postal code. It does not matter. The only important thing is that mail, even in the age of electronic means, helps people to stay in touch, delivering letters and parcels from one point of the world to another.