I wonder if others have noticed what I noticed when working the other day?....
I was addressing a lot of envelopes - no, not my Christmas cards yet - but envelopes as part of my work to post off invoice payments. Copying from the firms addresses on their invoices I discovered that, whereas we used to abbreviate the county, such Nottinghamshire to Notts., Berkshire to Berks, and Cambs., for Cambridgeshire etc..etc... they all now put the full word, as well as the postcode. And it set me wondering why.
In these days of text messaging; of shortening of peoples names, some even to just initials (I know somone who just likes to be called CJ instead of the full name); of the short versions we use of so many words in everyday language to what they used to be - all to save time, I suppose, it seems odd that the counties have gone back to the full names, especially as we have the postcodes by which I think the mail is really sorted.
In fact I did an experiment a few years ago and when on a holiday sent myself a postcard with just the house number and postcode on to see what would happen....... and, it arrived as quickly as a fully addressed envelope! Wonder what would happen if I just did that for all my Christmas cards?! It would save a lot of time!