Publication 32 Revision: Changes to Glossary of Postal Terms

Effective July 5, 2007, Publication 32, Glossary of Postal Terms, is revised with the change noted below.

Publication 32, Glossary of Postal Terms

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[Revise the entry for “ordinary mail” to read as follows:]

ordinary mail – Any class of domestic mail that is accorded standard dispatching and handling. This excludes Express Mail and Priority Mail service as well as mail with an extra service (for example, Certified Mail, col­lect on delivery, Delivery Confirmation, insured mail, Regis­tered Mail, Signature Confirmation, and special handling).

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We will incorporate this revision into the online version of Publication 32, which is available on the Postal Ser­vice™ PolicyNet Web site:

(The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet Web site is

It is also available on the Postal Service Internet:

  • Go to
  • Click on All Products & Services, then Publications, then Postal Periodicals and Publications, and then Publications.