"the lower 48"?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by kaido, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I know it seems silly to start a thread for such a silly question.
    But figured I might as well since the I'm a little confused and keep coming across the term. So if there's (I think?) 50 states, why are all but two classed as "the lower" ones?

    Now before anyone gets all antsy and wants to have a bird over me not knowing why their called that, I'm not American in the slightest of way.

    Just a curious Canadian. Also kind of curious as to how many guys are going to be coming to check this out thinking it has something interesting to do with those states.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Its also referred to as the continental US.

    Its just a term denoting the US without hawaii and alaska. Shipping to those two usually costs quite a bit more than shipping to the lower 48, which leads to the term's regular use "free shipping anywhere in the lower 48".
     

  3. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Ooooh okay. That actually makes a lot of sense.
     
  4. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    The proper term you reference is the contiguous 48 meaning the connected states. When we in America refer to the lower 48 states we of course mean to include Canada as the upper 1. :D
     
  5. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Well....all I would like from the lower states would be your gun laws, not including California's since their more messed then ours. as well as gun prices. Haha
     
  6. Magnum27

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    It is "continental US". I rarely hear lower US. I think it is interesting that are 2 greatest treasures are AK and HI. The main issue as others have said is shipping and other business issues.
     
  7. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I have a thought of what "AK" stands for, not to sure about "HI" though?
     
  8. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    Alaska and hawaii
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Continental US, contiguous US, lower 48, continental 48 are all referring to the same thing, and are all in common usage all over the US. I really don't think there is one term that is considered the "proper" or "correct" term.
     
  10. linuxuser3890

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    www.50states.com/abbreviations.htm

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  11. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Hey man.....no need to stealthy call the Canadian a lose for not knowing the abbreviations for each of the states. Haha
     
  12. linuxuser3890

    linuxuser3890 New Member

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    I meant it to be informative.

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  13. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    In Alaska, they use the "Lower 48". Hawaii- its Da Mainland.
     
  14. AcidFlashGordon

    AcidFlashGordon New Member

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    The lower 48

    Or as Pisslosi calls most of it....."Fly-over country."
     
  15. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    ...yes, but technically Alaska is the same continent. Continental US is used loosely. Hawaii is a part of North America politically, geographically it is not a part of any continent.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Alaska is a treasure as far a gunowners are concerned, but Hawaii is not very tolerant of gunowners with all the gun control and restrictions they have, as they are just about on the same level as California.
     
  17. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Per SNL also known as "Dumbassistan".
     
  18. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    As much as I want to be offended...I just can't. Its too fitting for the vast majority.
     
  19. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Active Member

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    America

    We Alaskans refer to the 48 as America, as in where did your new Dodge parts come from? Oh we had to order them all the way from America.
     
  20. boatme98

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    Or: CONUS.