Can you read/write in cursive?

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    Aug 05, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    Not too long ago, I had to fill out a form in cursive handwriting. And I was stumped. Other than writing my signature, I haven't used cursive since grade school. I actually had to search the internet and re-learn the letters and stroke order. icon_lol.gif

    Do you still use cursive?

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    Aug 05, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    When I'm writing, I like to do it on paper -- yeah, paper, and with a pen! -- before I put it on computer. So yeah, I do cursive. Come to think of it, it's something you don't see all that often anymore, is it? Huh.
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    Cursive always - when i absolutely must take notes on paper or the like. I can write cursive much faster.

    Otherwise my goal is to keep the desk clear of the dead trees!!
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    LMAO. icon_lol.gif You're weird.

    My normal script is halfway between cursive and print. I even write all capital letters in cursive at times. Of course, this means only I can read my own writing. Writing in pure cursive and pure print is an effort for me though. Like I'm restraining myself. I tend to just want to dash my thoughts on paper and be done with it, in the same way that I usually just inhale my food. I'm impatient.

    I can read most cursive just fine. I have trouble reading some people's cursive handwriting though. Especially those who put a lot of flourishes on the capital letters. When the F looks like a cross between S, A, and a picture of Saint Theresa for example. Or people who just write the first letter and the last letter, putting a jumble of squiggles in the middle, they look more like shorthand than cursive.
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    I often take notes - pen/pencil to paper in meetings. I write frequently. I don't use cursive anymore since I didn't have to around 5th or 6th grade. I'm dyslexic and writing in cursive was a nightmarishly difficult process when speed was essential for notes. I could take notes in common print (casual nonblock script) as fast as my classmates could write in cursive.

    I'm not sure if this is common with any other dyslexics though. Also, I never grew out of the dyslexia, I just learned a lot of tricks to get through it.

    If you want to see head-banging though, try to teach a dyslexic scan type speed reading (Evelyn Wood or similar technique).

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    Aug 05, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    Wow, never knew this was an issue. When I write, I always write in cursive. Single letters take too long.
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    I had to text in cursive yesterday.... Now that was a bitch! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    I just write the way I want when it's for my own use, most people have a hard time reading it. I can write nicely in cursive when needed.
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    I tried learning Russian.... and you have to write it in cursive... and now everything I write's in cursive and it drives everyone crazy 'cause it's real small and cramped and shit icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 05, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    yeah i still read/write in cursive. i remember trying to learn how to write cursive when i was in grade school, i had a helluva time and i hated it, but i always got praised for great penmanship, so, that helped keep me motivated. LOL

    if i have to chart something on paper, i use all print, cursive can be deceiving and confusing especially on medical charts.
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    Aug 05, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    I had to do a quick mental rundown of all the letters just to make sure I still knew what they all looked like.

    I was a little surprised to find that, yes, I still know cursive. It's been years since I've used it.
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    Aug 05, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    I was never really taught cursive as a child...however...I write in a mix of cursive and print. wierd huh?
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    Aug 05, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidAs long as it doesn't resemble chicken scratch I can read it. icon_smile.gif





    LMAO. i wish the MDs would listen. I have better luck reading hieroglyphics. thank the stars for computer charting, LOL
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    Aug 05, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    WOW I never would have thought of this as an issue.
    I nearly always hand write in cursive but never think about it.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Aug 05, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    I never saw the point in cursive writing - most peoples printing is atrocious, why make it even more painful to read? I print, personally, and I use pencils almost exclusively. Other than signatures, I never really saw the point inusing something to write with that doesn't Allow me to erase a mistake
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    Aug 05, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    for notes or quick writing i do normal print, however, for my journal or the novel i'm working on, I use cursive, which i enjoy doing, it looks nice. There was a past thread about this somewhere.. i think caslon was actually analyzing ppl's cursive
  • tallchris

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    Aug 05, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    In Europe we call it writing.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 05, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    I write way faster in print than in cursive, but I can still do cursive. I thought it was funny back in high school when a friend asked me to reteach him cursive so he could sign the declaration on the NY Regents exams that he hadn't cheated, as that required a sentence in cursive.
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    Aug 05, 2009 9:40 PM GMT
    In grammar school I was taught the Palmer Method of Penmanship as a formal course, with a text book. Before that, in 3rd Grade, we could only write with pencils, though I already used cursive. During Palmer, we had to use fountain pens.

    Ballpoint pens were strictly forbidden. In the 1950s, ballpoints were still a new technology that many banks and other agencies wouldn't accept. The ink took too long to dry, it smeared, and the pens skipped. Some banks rejected personal checks written with ball points. Their lobbies still had "dip pens" in inkwells for customer use when I got my first bank account.

    So I learned to write with a fountain pen, and to this day, when I have to sign my name on some important formal document, I will bring my own fountain pen with me. My handwriting really does look different using anything but a fountain pen, not like my legal signature at all.

    And when I continued to use a fountain pen into the 1980s & 90s, I got accused of being a trendy Yuppie, because they had taken up fountain pens for a short time, as a fashion statement. I suppose mimicking their parents or something.

    Whatever the case, I still use a fountain pen, and I have absolutely lovely penmanship, in cursive, of which I'm very proud. In fact, I can hardly print or do anything else.
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    Aug 05, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    I can sort of write in cursive, I can read it easily however.

    I'm of the keyboard generation, or well, at the very very start of it anyway.
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    Aug 05, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    i can write in cursive and read it.. but a lot of the cap letters i don't remember.
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    Aug 05, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    xrichx saidNOther than writing my signature, I haven't used cursive since grade school.


    Same here. My signature is all that remains of my cursive writing.
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    Aug 05, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    I normally switch from cursive to print in mid-sentence even mid-word. I also switch the slant and pitch of the script several times within a paragraph. Sometimes I go back in my journals and notice the entire style and character of my penmanship changes dramatically from day to day. A friend of mine way back in college who was a psyche major told me that it was probably a sign of severe mental illness. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 05, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    Yes, writing in cursive is most natural for me. I only print the amount on a personal check (lol, another outdated format I guess). I well remember the Palmer Method, which I was never good at. Until maybe 50 or 60 years ago some library schools still taught "Librarian's Hand," a very legible form of backhand one used when preparing catalog cards by hand. Although I was never taught it formally, it came easy to me and I still use it when I am writing a letter to someone.

    Very interesting thread for a question no one could have conceived asking 30 years ago.
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    Aug 05, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said A friend of mine way back in college who was a psyche major told me that it was probably a sign of severe mental illness. icon_lol.gif


    Smart friend. icon_smile.gif