OK, I have this question for you, because I couldn't figure out how to search for it on Google to find out what I wanted to know.
So, here goes .....
You know how we're pretty much stuck with the QWERTY arrangement on the computer keyboard, because the inventor of the typewriter had to figure out a way to slow down the typists to keep them from jamming the slower mechanical device?
Well, I'm wondering if there's some such devious reason why the PRNDL order of our shift pattern on automobiles is also so illogical. Or maybe it's just me that finds it illogical?? Here's what I mean ........
want to go forward? pull back on the gear shift
want to go back? push forward on the gear shift
I have to think of it like jet propulsion to get it to work in my mind. Isn't that crazy? Up until a few short years ago, I didn't dare shift gears without looking at the letters, as I didn't trust myself to get it right, and I've been driving for 40 some odd years! LOL
I know it gave me a whole heap of trouble when it came to learning how to drive, and it still can get me confused, if I'm not really careful. Of course, I've always thought I was a borderline dsylexic, anyway. You should see the mental struggle I go through with anything spatial. It's not pretty.
So, now back to the original question. Does anyone know why it's PRNDL, instead of some other order?
nostalgia, antique automobiles, vintage typewriter, QWERTY, PRNDL, learning to drive