The lower 48

While doing some online shopping, I received a notice that said

Estimated Economy Delivery (delivered via USPS): 6 to 12 business days within the lower 48 United States. All P.O. Boxes, APO/FPO/DPO addresses and shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will ship via Economy Delivery.

I always get peeved when I see people use the phrase “lower 48 states”. Why? ¬†Well, having grown up in the State of Hawaii, I can tell you with certainty that the Hawaiian islands are farther south than any other state in the United States of America, even the southernmost point of Florida. Taken literally, “lower 48 states” actually means all states except Alaska and Minnesota (due to Lake of the Woods).

Somehow I don’t think these merchants were referring to Minnesota.