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October 25th, 2007

An Archaic Acronym

You know what acronym you rarely hear any more? “SASE.” (I love that there’s a Wikipedia entry for that.) Back in the day, you’d always see ads on television saying something along the lines of, “Don’t be lazy, for this special offer from Patrick Swayze, make sure you send a SASE.”

I guess this is because most requests for SASEs came when requesting information from a company, and because we have the Internet Wide Webs, there’s no need for that anymore. Self-Address Stamped E-mail just doesn’t make sense.

I think, as Wikipedia mentions, SASEs are still popular amongst autograph collectors. Which makes sense. If you’re requesting James Karen’s autograph, you can’t expect him to pony up for postage.

Interestful note about SASEs: “SASEs cannot easily be used for foreign mail, since senders rarely have supplies of mint foreign stamps. Rather, International reply coupons are used, and these can be purchased over the counter at Post Offices.”

Posted in Miscellaneous

Rob October 25, 2007, 4:16 pm

I ALMOST used it in the letter requesting a copy of my birth certificate. I decided to spell it out instead. But I was SO close.

Charles October 25, 2007, 11:52 pm

SASE’s were used a lot for Public TV, I remember. Can you still remember he ZOOM show song? “Z double O M Box 350, Boston Mass 02134!” “Dont forget the SASE!”

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