The Gist

How the Post Office Cured “Going Postal”

Newspapers coined the term to refer to mail carriers gone berserk.

A United States Postal Service mail carrier loads mail in Santa Monica, California, in 2014.

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On The Gist, a postcard with Devin Leonard on the origins of the phrase “going postal.” Leonard’s new book is Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service. Plus, Stephen Teret on smart guns. For the Spiel, Hillary Clinton’s cinch of a clinched nomination.

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