Shining a light on Italy’s upside-down switches
SIR – Ralph Naylor (Letters, October 28) asks why Italians fit their electrical switches upside down.
I assume they have followed the Americans. In the Sixties I worked on American radar and radio equipment, then in service in the Royal Air Force, which had the same switch orientation. We called them “knicker switches”: when they’re up they’re on and when they’re down they’re off. David Tilson
SIR – Maybe the answer is cats.
Our last cat seemed not to like the dark and roamed about the house, leaping at light switches and pulling them down.
I had the switches turned upside down. The cat never mastered the art of pushing them up. Len J Preece
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
SIR – Unlike the Italians, at least the Israelis can point to their writing being back-to-front as an excuse for their switches being upside down (and their salt cellars having several holes, while their pepper shakers sport but one). Neville Teller
Beit Shemesh, Israel