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I worked (briefly) for the post office in Norwich: it was amazing how much misdirected mail we got that should have gone to Hereford, on the other side of England.
At first this didn't make sense, until it dawned on me that handwritten postcodes were at fault: HR for Hereford, when hastily written, had been mis-read as NR for Norwich. Presumably the sorting office in Hereford got its quota of misdirected Norwich mail, on the same basis.
(Note that the letters had been misdirected by people who were in the habit of reading the postcodes only, skipping over the rest of the address details)
On a related theme, interesting it all began in Norwich in 1959: with the proto-postcode NOR.
About this time there was a fad for writing NORWICH on envelopes, this meant as an acronym for (K)Nickers Off Ready, When I Come Home.
I wonder if the two are related, or if the NOR postcode inspired the acronym, or if the acronym inspired the Post Office to select Norwich to trial the system?
Good point. People can have such terrible handwritting that it's a wonder anything they write is understood at all. You'd think they'd make the point of writing their envelopes to make them as clear as possible.
"Of course I know /knickers/ is spelled with a /k/. I've been to Oxford. It's one of the first things they teach you."
I thought that was first thing taught at comprehensives??