Postman reveals why mystery ‘P’ appears written on some letters

People up and down the country have been wondering why they have seen a ‘P’ written on the front of their letters.

It turns out, there is a very real reason behind this, one postman revealed.

The letter ‘P’, which is sometimes found inked onto the front of the envelope, actually has some significance. But, what does the letter stand for?

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Many Reddit users have theorised as to why they’ve found a letter ‘P’ scribbled onto their letters.

One person said: “It’s what thieves use to mark your house to let others know you have expensive dogs.”

Another user joked: “Very subtle Wordle clue – takes 5 days then you just rearrange them. Never right.”

But there is nothing to fear as it has nothing to do with criminal markings or even a show of dislike towards you from your local postman.

In fact, the ‘P’ is an important signifier allowing your postman to do their job correctly and efficiently, making sure you get all your deliveries on time.

People were left confused over a mystery ‘P’ appearing on their letters

Luckily, a postman on Reddit reassured the masses that the ‘P’ just helps them and their fellow postmen track when there are parcels coming.

They explained: “You had a packet/parcel. Stops us from forgetting about it!”

And another reiterated the point: “It’s the postie’s way of reminding themselves that when they come to post your letter there’s also a parcel for you.

That’s so they don’t post your letter then find out halfway down the street they forgot to knock and give you your parcel.

“Or sometimes they’ll write P10 or something on the previous letter – that lets them know they have a parcel for next door (number 10) but no letter.”

So that is the answer for the mystery ‘P’ – just a reminder for postmen that they have a parcel to deliver as well as a letter.

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