Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category U.S. Postal Abbreviations) for Wednesday, September 20, 2017:
In 1969 the “B” in this state’s abbreviation was changed to an “E” to avoid confusion with a Canadian province
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Julie Roth, a community college English professor from Odessa, Texas
||Justin Torello, a pharmaceutical research associate from Monroe, New York
||Betsy Knudson, an attorney from Salt Lake City, Utah (1-day total: $29,200)
What is Nebraska?
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Nebraska’s original postal abbreviation was NB. However, in order to remove confusion with the Canadian province of New Brunswick, the postal abbreviation was changed to NE in 1969. Other changes to postal abbreviations include the change in Quebec’s from PQ to QC in 1991, as Quebec has taken great strides in Canada to not refer to itself as a province (the P stood for Province in the original postal abbreviation), and Newfoundland and Labrador changing from NF to NL (the L standing for Labrador) in 2002. Additionally, prior to 2002, Canada Post officially recognized LB as a postal abbreviation for mainland Labrador, and could be used optionally.
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