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This post was guest blogged by Dan Tanner of dan-ruth-tanner.com

OK, here’s a proposed name for Dominica: “152”. Dominica would then have the distinction of being the only country in the world to have a name written in the same characters in every language, and its name could also be the same as its new international airport designation.

I got the idea from the US Postal Service, which some years ago instituted country codes for international destinations. One must still use the receiving country’s internal zone codes, of course, but the country code is supposed to ensure that the USPS at least routes the letter or parcel to the proper country in the first place.

Before the USPS instituted country codes, letters sent from the US intended to recipients in Dominica would invariably get routed to the Dominican Republic. I had one such letter returned to me twice despite the fact that I had written “not the Dominican Republic, but the Commonwealth of Dominica” on the envelope in large red capital letters, underlined for further emphasis.

You’d have to look awfully hard to find anyone dumber than the typical USPS employee. Not too long ago my wife called me on her cell phone from our town’s post office. She’s forgotten the USPS country code for Dominica, and was asking me. She had to do that because when she told the postal clerk it was not the Dominican Republic but the Commonwealth of Dominica, the clerk responded by entering the letters “com” into her terminal in search of the country code, and before she could type in the next letter the terminal would serve up “Comoros Islands”. My wife told the clerk that the Comoros Islands are in the Madagascar Channel east of Africa, nowhere the Caribbean the clerk told her not to worry, the package she was attempting to send would eventually reach Dominica! I’m not making this up.

We could even turn “152” into a marketing campaign: “In 152 we speak English. We have no baseball players in the American Major Leagues; in fact we don’t even have a baseball field in 152 – but we are the Nature Island with a number for a name.”

Of course, one problem is that only the US Postal Service, and not the postal services of other countries, uses 152 as a country code for Dominica. But then, only people in the US seem to be quite so dumb, or at least so geographically illiterate.

So that’s my modest proposal: Let’s make Dominica’s name “152”. If that seems demeaning, we could permit the 152 Postal Service give the US a country code, say “40” (symbolic of its IQ and purposely having nothing to do with anything, not even the number of its states, and definitely less than 152).

But seriously, as I advised in one comment to a post on this site, if you’re writing to anyone in Dominica from the US, it is a good idea to write under the address: “USPS Country Code 152”.

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9 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2008-01-22 15:32:38

For those with a mathematical turn of mind: If anybody asks “Why 152?” you could respond by saying “For two prime factors”. If they then ask what are those prime factors, you could reply “two and nineteen, of course”. That would certainly baffle most Americans, who are innumerate.

(Note 2 X 2 X 2 X 19 = 152)

 
Comment by FamilyFunandFaith Subscribed to comments via email
2008-01-23 01:04:34

The code will no doubt be of help for those of us who post to Dominica. I sent Christmas gifts in October one year. After they went to the Dominican Republic they arrived in time for Easter.

But as to calling Dominica 152, how would that sound when singing, “Oh 152, that land of Beauty…?”

Comment by Chris
2008-01-23 06:41:44

Now thats funny 😆

 
 
Comment by Dan
2008-01-23 12:04:49

We could change the words to “Oh 152 to you I will be true…”

 
Comment by Agung Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-20 21:36:46

Hello,
Can I ask, what is the postal website of Commonwealth of Dominica?
I need to track a registered mail that sent from CoD.

Thanks before.
agung.

Comment by Chris
2008-05-21 05:16:35

CoD- Cash on Delivery…What service did you used to send this mail to Dominica? I.E FedEx, DHL, UPS, or Regular Mail.

Comment by Agung Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-21 07:52:26

Sorry for the confusion, CoD = Commonwealth of Dominica.
the pacakge sent from Dominica using registered mail (postal service).

Comment by Chris
2008-05-21 19:31:24

Try calling this tell# 1-767-448-2401 (make it ring a few times – they’re not always quick to answer the line), then ask the operator to transfer to the General Post office. Maybe then you can speak will someone in the registered mail department….hope this help.

 
 
 
 
Comment by Dan
2008-05-20 21:54:53

I know of none, and don’t think there is one, but you can call the Roseau P.O. See: http://www.professionaltravelguide.com/mail-package-services/communication/facts/roseau-post-office/see-and-do-477172/

Good luck!

 
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