The Curious Case Of …

The Curious Case Of ….

….. Cursive Curses??

How curious are you as a person?

Don’t confuse ‘curiousness’ as being nosey as there is a huge difference between the two …. See Episode 1  for the introduction to this series.

“Irony, we want our handwriting to look like typed fonts, and our computer fonts to look like handwritten text.”

― Vikrmn, Corpkshetra

I was thankful for the arrival of keyboards and computers twenty years ago, and prior to that l was extremely thankful also for the typewriters in my teens. My handwriting is absolutely appalling – l don’t deny it – but it has been for years .. and by this l mean from about the age of five. I simply couldn’t produce cursive and could only craft print. Everything l wrote was printed. But with keyboards and the ability to type at least my words can now be read and understood.

My father had a reasonably good cursive style, my mother much better and Suze’s is brilliant and yet she always remarks on how good my mothers is . But me … no, l stumble and fall over the page like a wet weekend walk!

I used to have to write essays, consignments, projects and so on by hand when at school, and teachers were always looking for other teachers that could translate my own garble, because l couldn’t either not once penned, and more so if you asked me as little as three to four hours after l had written it! I couldn’t decipher it and most often or not, had actually forgotten what l had written in the first place – mine was far worse than the typical doctor’s scribble!

Long before Asperger’s entered my world and or autism, l used to receive detentions, extra homework, spankings from my father and further reprimands from my mother for my inadequacy to produce anything other than printed letters.

I know now WHY it was so bad, and even if l didn’t understand back in my yesterdays why my handwriting was appalling, l did know back then that l suffered dreadfully with eye to hand coordination – l still do . I have motor skill problems. But the fancy name for it is dysgraphia which was identified as an issue for me back in 2008 officially, when l received my formal diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome … everything fell into place back then .. a giant can of worms was opened on everything else and confusions were leaping around like a tsunami wildfire! But back when l was a lad dyspraxia wasn’t a known thing … if you had poor handwriting you were potentially backwards in not just my parents eyes but peers and teachers alike!

I didn’t need anyone to tell me l was bad at writing, l already knew that. I simply couldn’t write cursive, l could curse cursive, but not write it. Which is why today l am always pleased for my keyboard. BUT …. today’s curiousity is not about my lack of the qualitable ability to write beautiful caligraphy by hand and dazzle you all with my stunning penmanship …. NO!!

It is to ask of you …

1} How many of you write by hand as opposed to using a keyboard?

2] Which do you find to be your most favoured writing tool? [Pen, Biro, Quill or Pencil?]

3] How good is your actual cursive style?

4] Is your handwriting be this cursive or other actually legible to others and …………. you?

Let me know below in the comments section.

22 thoughts on “The Curious Case Of …

  1. 1} How many of you write by hand as opposed to using a keyboard?

    I still make lists on paper sometimes.

    2] Which do you find to be your most favoured writing tool? [Pen, Biro, Quill or Pencil?]

    Pen.

    3] How could is your actual cursive style?

    It sucks now. Used to be nice.

    4] Is your handwriting be this cursive or other actually legible to others and …………. you?

    Idk. I think so. I mostly e-communicate with others…

  2. I am good at writing cursive reasonably well. I write when I am writing an actual shopping list, a birthday or anniversary card or labeling something. I prefer a brio and yes others can read my writing, though with time it’s not as good as it used to be.

  3. My journal is on paper. I use a Biro (I had to look that up because, on my side of the pond, it’s a ballpoint pen). My cursive has never been particularly legible, so I used to print instead back I’m the day when patient charting was on paper.

    1. Hey Ashley, yes of course Biro versus ballpoint. I used to use ballpoints in Australia, meaning that Biro must be an English adaption – interesting indeed 🙂

      Most people, mostly and simply say pen now.

  4. 1. How many of you write by hand as opposed to using a keyboard?
    I rarely write by hand unless I’m writing a quick note. Most of what I write is done using my iPhone’s virtual keypad.

    2 – Which do you find to be your most favored writing tool? [Pen, Biro, Quill or Pencil?]
    Again, my iPhone’s virtual keypad, but when I do resort to writing something the old fashioned way, it’s usually with a pen.

    3 – How good is your actual cursive style?
    Almost illegible.

    4 – Is your handwriting, be this cursive or other, actually legible to others and … you?
    No, definitely not to others and occasionally not even to me.

  5. I prefer to write ‘long hand’ ie: cursive. To that end I bought myself a new toy – a ReMarkable. I hate typing and I am a total crap typist despite being 74 years old and having had office jobs all my life that required typing – first on a manual typewriter, then electric then computer. I use either pencil or pen, depending on what and where I’m writing – notes on my paper calendar – pencil, xword puzzles – pen. When I take my time my handwriting (cursive) is very legible, even pretty, my printing not so much since when I try to print it’s half print and half cursive. But, yes, very legible to any and all.

    1. Hey Grace, strangely enough this …. “”my printing not so much since when I try to print it’s half print and half cursive.””

      Is what l used to do, half half and this got me into more trouble, so l then was given the option of performing one or the other but not both. I chose print …… and yet still when young got into trouble as it was the wrong choice.

  6. 1} How many of you write by hand as opposed to using a keyboard?

    Both… kinda. I don’t have a desktop or laptop (guess I’m topless😉🤣) so I one finger tap. But I still do a LOT of writing. One if HRH’s commands

    2] Which do you find to be your most favoured writing tool? [Pen, Biro, Quill or Pencil?]

    Ooooh, I love gel pens, liquid ink pens, mechanical pencils… and I prefer colors other than black. Black is depressing when it comes to ink.

    3] How good is your actual cursive style?

    I can write nice cursive if I take time. It’s not perfect, not what I was taught in school, but it’s pretty enough.

    4] Is your handwriting be this cursive or other actually legible to others and …………. you?

    My standard handwriting is a mix of cursive and printing. I can print very nicely, actually been complimented on it. IF I put time and effort into it. My writing is very legible. Sometimes I use abbreviations when I’m jotting something down for myself, and someone else might not be able to understand what the abbreviations are, but they’ll be able to tell what the letters are.

    Did you know that they aren’t even teaching cursive writing anymore? Blew my mind when I found out. How will people sign their names to legal documents?

    🌊🦄💫🧸💌

      1. Cursive teaches how to loop all the letters together. Unless a person comes up with a unique, unreadable signature, how will they learn to do anything other than print?
        It might just be California schools🤷🏼‍♀️ each state is different.

          1. No, mine’s is only unique because no one can read it. I struggled to produce a cursive signature and was told print wasn’t acceptable.

            I remember how my signature was born as well.

            My father stood over me and yelled every time l did it wrong, in the end l produced a panicked signature that can’t be read by anyone.

  7. Coincidentally, Rory, I hand wrote a letter to my folks yesterday as we haven’t been able to visit them this year. They don’t do the internet.

    I used to loathe handwriting lessons in junior school – ink pens; marks deducted for ink blots! For A-level, I did Tech Drawing and then got a job as an engineering draughtsman, so cursive was taboo for me for seven years – engineering drawing required printing each character separately. This taught me to write clearly too, though it’s not strictly cursive.

    Since computers, it’s a no-brainer to use a keyboard simply as it allows correction, cut and paste and other functions.

    Biros ought to be consigned to oblivion! I always have pencils because I like to draw too. But the one not on your list – felt tipped fine-liner – is my go-to pen.

    1. Hey Ian, quite right … it’s not on my list and strangely enough – when l do write l use exactly the same as you – l like the cushion ink feel 🙂

  8. I used to love writing with a pen, I would find excuse to be writing (mainly lists, I love lists!). Unfortunately my handwriting isn’t as good as it used to be due to my disability. Typing is much more easier for me.

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