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OK, hereâ€™s a proposed name for Dominica: â€œ152â€. 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 countryâ€™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 â€œnot the Dominican Republic, but the Commonwealth of Dominicaâ€ on the envelope in large red capital letters, underlined for further emphasis.
Youâ€™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 townâ€™s post office. Sheâ€™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 â€œcomâ€ into her terminal in search of the country code, and before she could type in the next letter the terminal would serve up â€œComoros Islandsâ€. 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! Iâ€™m not making this up.
We could even turn â€œ152â€ into a marketing campaign: â€œIn 152 we speak English. We have no baseball players in the American Major Leagues; in fact we donâ€™t even have a baseball field in 152 â€“ but we are the Nature Island with a number for a name.â€
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 thatâ€™s my modest proposal: Letâ€™s make Dominicaâ€™s name â€œ152â€. If that seems demeaning, we could permit the 152 Postal Service give the US a country code, say â€œ40â€ (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 youâ€™re writing to anyone in Dominica from the US, it is a good idea to write under the address: â€œUSPS Country Code 152â€.
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)
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…?”
Now thats funny 😆
We could change the words to “Oh 152 to you I will be true…”
Can I ask, what is the postal website of Commonwealth of Dominica?
I need to track a registered mail that sent from CoD.
CoD- Cash on Delivery…What service did you used to send this mail to Dominica? I.E FedEx, DHL, UPS, or Regular Mail.
Sorry for the confusion, CoD = Commonwealth of Dominica.
the pacakge sent from Dominica using registered mail (postal service).
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.
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/