Friday, April 25, 2014

How's your handwriting?

I'm sure you're jealous of my jellyfish notepad. :)
I cleaned out some old boxes full of paperwork (inspired by Fiona) and found some essays I wrote in high school. My handwriting has changed so much! (This fact was cemented when I wrote a letter to a friend yesterday - good golly it's strange!) Despite learning cursive in 3rd grade, and being required to write only in cursive until high school (9th grade/about 14 years old here in the US), I quickly reverted back to writing in print. Which then evolved into this strange print/cursive combination that you can see above . . 

With that handwriting, I jot quick notes to myself or my hubby, make to-do lists, write in my journal, and send funny cards to my family. I figure they'll call me if something's truly illegible. 

In my neat handwriting, I complete forms, write notes to work colleagues, address cards, and solve crossword puzzles (or rather, try to solve them. I don't think I've ever finished one solo).

Is your handwriting neat? Do you care? Can you successfully complete a crossword puzzle alone? :)

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  1. Guilty of the print/cursive over here too!

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    1. Haha, glad to know I'm not alone!

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  2. I don't think they teach cursive in school any more - from printing to keyboarding! I am "capable" of neat handwriting...and I can do the easy crosswords in the local newspaper, but not the better ones in NYT, etc!

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    1. True, being able to write in cursive probably isn't as important as being able to type these days. The NYT puzzle is super tough!

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  3. Some schools still teach it, but it's not given as much time as we were forced to spend...er, as much time as we were allowed to practice on it. ;-) I think a lot of adults resort to the "printive" style of writing! I'm mostly a printer (and mostly uncontrollably sloppy), but mine evolved. I was obsessed with handwriting and used to copy letters over and over of individuals whose handwriting I admired to find my own style. Then, for a historical show I was a part of a few years back, we needed copies of historical letters written (by a girl who was later murdered, gah), so I studied photos and learned how to write like her. So, that kind of destroyed any technique I had developed. :-P

    Wow, who knew I had so much to say about handwriting!! You have a great weekend. :-)

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    1. How interesting! I have tried to change the way I write certain letters but never a complete overhaul of my writing. That'd be really hard for me - like learning how to print all over again.

      Enjoy your weekend too! :)

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  4. Ha! I have the same print/cursive mix. But the REALLY interesting thing is to look at how my signature has evolved over the years. I fear it went downhill quickly when I ran the music school and had to sign ridiculous amounts of paperwork and checks on a daily basis. Seriously, it's just a strange scribble at this point, you'd never be able to decipher what my name is by looking at it!

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    1. I can understand that! The day we bought our house, my signature looked awful by the end of the process because we had over a hundred things to sign, bleh.

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  5. Thanks for the link :D Your handwriting is flowing and beautiful - very fluent!

    As a teacher, one of the schools I worked at had such exacting standards of handwriting that we had to submit notebooks in both print and cursive to be graded! Even so, my day-to-day writing is appalling! I'd like to be able to do crosswords well (and am awed by those who can!) but I can only do the easy ones.

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    1. You're sweet! :) I can't imagine turning in notebooks to be graded on penmanship! I'm sure they would not appreciate my writing, haha.

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  6. I think your handwriting is fine. I actually think the mix of writing and cursive at the start is better than the neat print. Your cursive is legible, shows style and control. What more do people want? We are not printers with a uniform font.

    My handwriting has also changed but in the main is neat. Schools in Australia have different fonts they use to teach cursive. Even states have different fonts. So glad I missed the NSW Foundation font. There seems to be a constantly changing fashion as to what is accepted as the standard.

    As to crosswords, I can do easy ones on my own, but have never done a hard one in the daily paper, not even their quick one. As to cryptic crosswords, I wish!!! But I can do sudukos.

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    1. Very true! I like how different people have their own handwriting styles :) I was unaware that there were different cursive fonts?! Hopefully they aren't too different! How frustrating that they keep changing the standard.

      I think crossword puzzles cover too many topics - if they made one just about fiction books or mammals, I'd be set. Ooh, yes, love sudokus! Those I can definitely solve solo (most of the time). :)

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  7. I have a minimal cursive with just about all the roundedness gone. When I was in library school I discovered librarians at one time had to learn "library hand" to create catalog cards in a legible handwriting.

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    1. I've never heard of library hand (or seen handwritten card catalog cards - always typed). Very interesting!

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  8. I always hated writing in cursive, back when it was actually required:) I think my printing is pretty neat…I love making lists, although I suck at completely my to-do ones!

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    1. Yeah, the fun gets sucked out of a lot of things when they're required. haha, I haven't been too good about completing my to-dos lately either . . must be spring fever!

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