Franking vs. Pranking



(countable) A device or marking such as postage stamp, printed or stamped impressions, codings, labels, manuscript writings, or any other authorized form of markings affixed or applied to mails to qualify them to be postally serviced.


(archaic) A showy adornment.


A corporate tax system in which some or all of the tax paid by a company may be attributed, or imputed, to the shareholders by way of a tax credit to reduce the income tax payable on a distribution.


(archaic) The playing of pranks; tomfoolery.


A method of forming a joint at the intersection of window-sash bars, by cutting away only enough wood to show a miter.


Franking comprises all devices, markings, or combinations thereof () applied to mails of any class which qualifies them to be postally serviced. Types of franks include uncanceled and precanceled postage stamps (both adhesive and printed on postal stationery), impressions applied via postage meter (via so-called ), official use franks, Business Reply Mail (BRM), and other permit Imprints (Indicia), manuscript and facsimile signatures, markings, and any other forms authorized by the 192 postal administrations that are members of the Universal Postal Union.

‘franks’; ‘postage evidencing systems’; ‘Penalty’; ‘franking privilege’; ‘soldier's mail’;


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