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    Re: handwriting style

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: handwriting style

    I was first taught to print my letters and then moved on to looped cursive at the end of the 1950s. These days my handwriting is illegible if I try and write at any speed and I generally prefer to type.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 09-Sep-2020 at 11:20. Reason: Add a missing word.
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    Re: handwriting style

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    It's a great development, because now we can write things that kids can't read. Handy!
    And how many of us older folk could read an entire novel in Gothic script?

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    Re: handwriting style

    My mother learned to write in pre-war Poland. At the end of the war, she worked briefly with the Red Army registering survivors. I assume this involved some writing in Cyrillic script.

    Her next stop was a year and a half in England doing a high-school equivalency during which I think she adapted her handwriting to be closer to whatever was taught in the UK in those days.

    She finally immigrated to the United States, but by then her handwriting was permanently fixed as a mish-mash of competing styles. She was a prolific postcard-writer remember postcards, anyone? and I rarely received one from her that didn't have at least one word that I couldn't decipher.
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    Re: handwriting style

    This thread has inspired me to pop a nice bottle of red, slap on a bit of Bach, and kick back to some fine calligraphy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq9uF6-Q4gU

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    Re: handwriting style

    I knew a man who had laboriously taught himself to write in the sort of cursive hand that was generally used in the 18th and 19th centuries. The downside was that hardly anyone could read it.

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    Re: handwriting style

    A write-only memory!
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    Re: handwriting style

    It seems that this variant of the cursive 'p' isn't too popular, is it? When I searched on the internet for the cursive 'p', google showed me a bunch of those. I was sure that I had seen the first variant of the cursive 'p' and did find it... But I'm at a loss a bit... The were so few results that I'm not sure if the first variant is even used. The thing is, in Russian we also use the same letter (for a different sound, but it doesn't matter) and for me this variant is more convenient. I wouldn't really like to repeat the feat of the acquaintance of Probus's.
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    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: handwriting style

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    It seems that this variant of the cursive 'p' isn't too popular, is it?
    It isn't. It's the one I learnt c 1953, but I haven't used it for many years.
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    Re: handwriting style

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It isn't. It's the one I learnt c 1953, but I haven't used it for many years.
    I have handwritten school essays from when I was about 12 years old and I was using it then. By the time I was exam age (15/16), I'd stopped using it and I definitely don't use it now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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