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Dear all,

At our office we had to send a communication to District Medical Officers of 6 districts of our state. The clerk concerned wrote the address as given below. I think that the symbol "/" should be replaced with "commas" since as per my understanding the symbol "/" means 'either this or that'. But here the communication. should be send to the District Medical Officers of six districts. So the symbol "/" should be replaced with "commas" as "Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad. I'd like to get your opinion on this.

"From

The Director of Health Services

To

The District Medical Officer of Health,
Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam/Idukki/
Alappuzha/Ernakulam/Palakkad."
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The District Medical Officers of Health in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki,
Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Palakkad.

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My personal opinion is that if the slash is customary in your region, and everybody understands its meaning, it's not worth fussing over. Either slashes or commas, or even semicolons, should work.

I might ask the clerk if that's the usual way of writing those addresses and if the communications always get to their proper destinations.

But surely this is an inside address, isn't it? The postal service can't deliver one envelope to several different places, can it? If so, your postal service must be magic compared to ours here. Emotion: smile

CJ

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Madam, Thanks a lot.
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CJ Sir, I got it. Thanks a million.
CJ Sir, After having typed the letter from the typing wing, the clerk takes the letter to the despatch section. The despatch clerk takes six copies of the letter and despatches them to that six District Medical Officers. That's what's happening. So, even though the letters are typed that way, they are despatched to the persons concerned. So there is no confusion at all. Thank you.
cat navy 425 CJ Sir, After having typed the letter from the typing wing, the clerk takes the letter to the despatch section. The despatch clerk takes six copies of the letter and despatches them to that six District Medical Officers. That's what's happening. So, even though the letters are typed that way, they are despatched to the persons concerned. So there is no confusion at all. Thank you.

That's good to know. Emotion: smile

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Do you know if all the clerks use the slashes the same way? I also wonder if someone instructs them to do it like that and whether they've been doing it that way for years and years. Is it a hold-over from a pre-1947 British custom? So many questions, but don't feel obliged to answer any of them. I'm just thinking aloud, so to speak.

CJ

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CJ Sir, I think that the clerks are following their superiors' writing style. But I don't think that "It is a hold-over from a pre-1947 British custom". This's my humble opinion. Thank you.

Thanks for your clarification. Enjoy your day.

CJ

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