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    Post hub

    I stumbled upon the word 'post hub'. Understanding from the context it means a distribution center for mail. Not a post office where you can go and sending letters from. Much more like a big building where a lot of mail arrives by trucks for sorting and distributing it to smaller facilities from where it is delivered to the receivers by postmen. The text I found it in is not written by a native speaker.

    From dictionaries I got the meaning of hub and in the context it seams to be correct. Post is the British equivalent to mail guess.

    Does a native speaker understand what is meant by 'post hub'? I found 'letter center', 'letter sorting center' and even 'mail hub'. But 'post hub' is not mentioned anywhere.

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    Re: Post hub

    I'd call that a "sorting office".
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    Re: Post hub

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd call that a "sorting office".
    Thank you for your answer. I suggested sorting hub after looking it up. Office sounds like a little place in a city. I talk about centers where thausands and thausends of letters arrive and are sorted automatically. Still calling that a office? My friend wants to stay with post hub due to consistency of the usage of the word post in the text. Question is: is post hub understood by native speakers? Or does it sound weird?
    Last edited by magi_cal; 10-Jun-2016 at 15:22.

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    #4

    Re: Post hub

    Sorting Office is correct and natural in BrE.
    Post hub is probably understandable, but it is not natural.

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    #5

    Re: Post hub

    Post hub would convey nothing to most AmE-speakers. Sorting office​ would be understood, in the context of mail.
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    #6

    Re: Post hub

    Quote Originally Posted by magi_cal View Post
    I stumbled upon the word expression 'post hub'. Understanding from the context it means a distribution center for mail. Not a post office where you can go and sending letters from. Much more like a big building where a lot of mail arrives by trucks for sorting and distributing it to smaller facilities from where it is delivered to the receivers by postmen. The text I found it in is was not written by a native speaker.
    Please tell us more about the text you found it in.

    thausands and thausends
    Note the correct spelling of 'thousands'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Jun-2016 at 17:52.

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    Re: Post hub

    In the US, we call them distribution centers. (Formally, they're called processing and distribution centers.) We have 82 of them. You're right, they're not post offices.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Post hub

    Mail centre is used as well as sorting office in the UK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_...nt_Mail_Centre

    I would not use post hub and would think that many would not be able to work out the intended meaning.

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    #9

    Re: Post hub

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Mail centre is used as well as sorting office in the UK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_...nt_Mail_Centre

    I would not use post hub and would think that many would not be able to work out the intended meaning.
    Absolutely right.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #10

    Re: Post hub

    Thank you all for your suggestions. To let you know: My friend went with distribution center.

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