Friday, February 4, 2011

Tip # 641: State abbreviations and proofreading

Tip #641: State abbreviations and proofreading

As eight states in the U.S. begin with the letter 'M' and four begin with the letter 'A,' it is easy to make a mistake when writing state abbreviations. Do not assume that the abbreviation consists of the state's first two letters.

Here are the state abbreviations for the ones that often get confused.

Maine ME
Maryland MD
Massachusetts MA
Michigan MI
Minnesota MN
Mississippi MS
Missouri MO
Montana MT

Alaska AK
Alabama AL
Arizona AZ
Arkansas AR

Proofread addresses carefully, especially place names. An error in a single keystroke could create confusion, especially when cities with the same names are located in different states in the U.S.

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