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I've been putting togher the "confirmed" daytime mailing address of the participants from my studies and I've realized something. No one knows what the hell "care of" means.

Care of means, it goes to you, but THROUGH the other address you're sending it to. So you would send mail to like... Clive Barker through his publisher.
Clive Barker
c/o Hyperion Books
Bookyland, BL 25556

This is not care of YOU to your company. It wouldn't be:

c/o Clive Barker
Hyperion Books
Bookyland, BL 25556

If you don't get this, just don't use the "care of" tag. It's actually not necessary at all, it's just a formality. You can just as easily get that dripping love letter to Clive at:

Clive Barker
Hyperion Books
Bookyland, BL 25556


If you do get this, and want to use it, It's c/o NOT a percentage sign. NEVER a percentage sign
"%Clive Barker" might be understood by the USPS or shipping company. But that doesn't mean that it means anything.

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mjfgates
Aug. 5th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
The one thing the "care of" thing does, it means that legally the people you send things through aren't supposed to open the mail. So if you do

Clive Barker
Hyperion Books
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the receptionist opens it and parses it, but if you do

Clive Barker
c/o Hyperion Books
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she doesn't. Or at least, she's not supposed to. So, if you want to send a letter bomb to Clive Barker, please use the "c/o" thing, to avoid blowing up relatively innocent receptionists.

Gosh, I don't get many chances to be pedantic these days...
maddening
Aug. 5th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... see I didn't know that. I use the c/o thing becuase it's more formal for these mailings and I'm trying to be as totally correct as possible with people's money.

Aaaaahh... so much Clive Barker in this post!
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