Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 03:51:35 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: California abbreviatin' (Ca., Cal., Calif.)
The G. O. P. wants California. I've gotta help them abbreviate it.
The following items all come from the San Francisco Chronicle.
23 February 1919, pg. E8, col. 3.
WHY "CALIF" FOR "CAL"?
Editor The Chronicle--Sir: From the beginning when California was named
naturally the abbreviation was simply "cal." For the last few years many
people write it "Calif." This looks bad. Now and then we see it written
"Cala.," and along with it Colorado is written "Colo." Let us all hold on to
the original abbreviation "Cal." It looks well and is easily distinguished
from "Colo." A clerk in the Postoffice Department in Washington is
responsible for the change from "Cal." to "Calif." It is hoped that we will
go back to the original abbreviation "Cal." A PRINTER. Sacramento, February
1 March 1919, pg. 18, cols. 3-4.
Editor The Chronicle--Sir: If the people would take in consideration
the handling of the mails they would understand why Calif. is an absolute
necessity to distinguish from Colorado. Had the said printer received the
calling down that I did from a higher-up in Washington, D. C., relative to
why I didn't answer a petition in regard to a mail route, and a few days
later received the same petition from Manitou, Col., where it had been opened
by the P. M. there by mistake, he would understand why all people in the U.
S. should use Calif. Any postal employe or postmaster would earnestly
request people to distinguish Calif. Lots of mail matter is confused between
these two states, and it is to be hoped the people will adhere to the use of
Calif. to facilitate postal matters. ALICE DINES, Postmaster. Manton,
February 25, 1919.
3 March 1919, pg. 14, col. 3.
[Letter to San Miguel, California probably went to San Miguel, Colorado.
The writer recommends "Calif."]
7 March 1919, pg. 18, col. 4.
THE POSTMASTER SAYS "CALIF" AND "CALIF" GOES
Editor The Chronicle--Sir: In a recent letter to your Safety Valve was
a recommendation to use "Calif" as an abbreviation for California, because
when using "Cal" or "Cala" on the mails it would be delivered for "Col" or
"Colo." I always use "Cala" for said prevention, as it is a Spanish word
meaning "small bay," and although the bay of San Francisco is large, it is
small comparedwith the immense state of California. California became a
State in the early fifties and Colorado many years later; therefore Colorado
should change the contraction of its name instead of California. If Colorado
would adopt "Color" there would be no possibility of mistaking its mail to
California, which would prevent any misdelivery of the mail. However, I
would suggest that the business men of both California and Colorado have the
name of their State printed in full on all of their business stationary, as
it would advertise their State. CHARLES G. MINIFIE. San Francisco, March 5,
9 March 1919, pg. E8, col. 3.
SO LONG AS WE ARE NOT CALLED "CAFETERIA"
["Cal." could mean "Caledonia." Favors "Calif."]
9 March 1919, pg. E8, col. 4.
AN ADVOCATE OF "CALI"
[Calls Cali "just as distinctive and effective as clumsy Calif."]
16 March 1919, pg. E8, col. 3.
VERBAL SOOTHING SYRUP FOR CALIFORNIANS
Editor The Chronicle--Sir: Your correspondents who object to the
abbreviation of "Calif" for California because it resembles the title of
Oriental rulers, should have their feelings soothed by the information that
Kh-a-l-i-f-a (mispronounced Calif.) in the Arabic signifies the same as
prince. The Khalif is the first, the leader, the best. R. LAWRENCE WARD.
Tracy, March 10, 1919.
23 March 1919, pg. E8, col. 3.
CALIFORNIA IS A LONG DISTANCE FROM WASHINGTON
Editor The Chronicle--Sir: Why should the department at Washington
saddle the cumbersome abbreviation on us of "Calif." for California when
Colorado could have been changed with so much less cause for complaint.
Coldo. or Cldo. is simple and easy to write, while the abbreviation "Calif."
is not only harsh but awkward to write, in that it contains a letter dropping
below the line. Let us protest with all vehemence at the authority that
abrogates to itself the power to label a great State against the sentiment of
its people. A DEMOCRAT. Forest Hill, March 18, 1919.
Cal? Calif? Ca? Cala? Cali? A Hindu goddess, a Moslem ruler--who
Alas., for Me., it's a Wash.