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St. George or Saint George? (Wherein I Face-Off with Facebook and Other Sites)
Sunday, 09 March 2008 10:39 PM MDT
Ah, the little annoyances of computer applications...
I just discovered while editing my Amazingly Astounding profile that Facebook won't let me put "St. George, UT" in my current contact information. It keeps insisting on expanding it to "Saint George, UT".
While the "St." in "St. George" is an abbreviation for the word saint, the City of St. George, Utah is officially incorporated using the abbreviated spelling "St. George" and not the expanded "Saint George" -- so the perfectionist in me prefers to use "St. George" and not "Saint George" for any/all web sites, or anything else asking for the city of my residence.
I blame the U.S. Postal Service. Their database is most likely responsible, as it uses the "unofficial" non-abbreviated spelling.
Just for that I'm going to boycott using U.S. Postal Service stamps when mailing my bills each month. That will show 'em! (Oops! I use online bill pay for all those, so that won't work... *chuckle*)
You know, it's important issues like this one that should decide the 2008 presidential election. Really.
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Wow, did I just admit I'm on Facebook now? *sigh* It appears I have, though such fact is difficult to face.
UPDATE: Wed. 12 March 2008
I just tried registring to comment on ksl.com, a local Utah television/radio station web site. It rejected me, because "St. George" was not a valid city. *sigh* The U.S.P.S. database strikes again!