Still holding out

It might be a little too early to give up on cursive writing just yet:

I like cursive. Can’t say why. Perhaps because I spent so much time learning it, or because it was so difficult to master. That was the fourth grade I think. Or maybe it’s just because it’s a nice change of pace from all the printed text I run into every freaking day, most of which is just garbage (the message, not the printed characters). I mean if someone takes the time to write anything out long hand, I am going to take the time to read it because it sure as hell isn’t going to be some Search Engine Optimized piece of spamula.

I make a point of not looking at my Social Security card, which as a teenager I signed with a hand worthy of a nun. Today, I mourn the loss of Sister Penman.


  1. fillyjonk »

    16 April 2019 · 11:57 am

    Mine is terrible, has always been. I can read it, many other people can’t. When I do write legibly it looks kind of like an eight-year-old girl’s handwriting, lots of roundness and loops.

    I was kept out of a gifted-and-talented program in junior high because one of the teachers making the decision on who got in felt I needed to work on my handwriting instead. The only thing that gets you teased worse for being in a gifted-and-talented program is trying out for one and not making it in. (no one knew the reason but of course the playground gossip was I was “too dumb for REACH.”)

    That said, I still like cursive and think it’s important to learn. I know a lot of German speakers who talk about not being able to read the old Fraktur script and how that means some really old historical documents (like old family trees) are harder to suss out.

  2. Roger O Green »

    16 April 2019 · 2:26 pm

    yes, the real loss is that kids can’t READ cursive

  3. McGehee »

    16 April 2019 · 2:56 pm

    I can no longer use cursive except to sign my own name — and with those sign-it boxes stores use these days when you use a credit card, my signature doesn’t even have to resemble writing, let alone my actual name, to be accepted.

    Although I suppose I haven’t had to sign on those screens as much as I used to. They said the chip cards would end that, and I guess gradually it’s happening.

    Maybe in five or ten years I’ll no longer be at risk of getting tracked down by mobsters if I have to go into witness protection. Having to learn an entirely new signature was going to be the biggest hurdle.

  4. jsallison »

    16 April 2019 · 7:06 pm

    My penmanship has declined over the years as well. Sometimes can’t even read my printing a couple hours after the fact.

  5. hollyh »

    17 April 2019 · 8:16 am

    “I like cursive. Can’t say why.”

    How about “because it’s a WHOLE lot faster than manually printing”?

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