Ok, I’m a United Statesian(? :-), but I’m familiar with most of the 2 letter abbreviations for the provinces as well: i.e, AB for Alberta, SK for Saskatuwan(sp?), BC for British Columbia, ON for Ontario, NB for New Brunswick, etc. They’re are all (intentionally, I assume!) unique with respect to the two letter US state abbrevs, so there is no ambiguity if you specify the two letter abbrev for where you live anywhere in the US or Canada. As an experiment, I once sent a letter to a friend in Canada without specifying “Canada” anywhere, and it got there just fine.
To the author of the original note: you can say “Toronto” and everybody knows where it is because it’s a big city. But if you lived in a city with a population of 500 people that nobody every heard of outside of that region, would you be as likely to specify your location using just the city name? No, but you might say “SW Ontario”, and people would know where that was even if they’d never heard of whatever tiny burg you were from. And maybe you’d someday get lazy and just say “SW ON” instead of spelling it out. Same deal.
And did you really not know that those were two-letter abbrevs for US states and not “zip codes”?
I usually tend to assume that people in Canada have at least heard of most of the US states, even if maybe they can’t place them on the map, and vice versa, that most ppl in the US have at least heard of most of the provinces except maybe for that new one way up north and maybe also Prince Edward Island.
peas on earth