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.