This article about computers killing handwriting is interesting. I agree that it’s bad that less and less focus is put upon handwriting for children. They should learn and practice the basics during those crucial first stages at school. The thing that I never understood was the switch from printing to cursive. Being a genius, I am naturally left-handed and the only drawback to being left-handed besides dying sooner and not being able to use scissors, is trying to learn and write cursive. Nothing says literary fun like dragging your hand through fresh ink as you try to connect letters with little lines that look like the sagging velvet ropes to keep you in, or out at the movie theater. I hated writing in cursive in grade school, the writing looked horrible, my hand would hurt and the pinkie and ring finger of my left hand would be covered in ink. So annoying.

Like I said earlier, my frustration comes from the fact that they make you switch to cursive, and for several years that’s all you’re allowed to use in school, until high school. Then suddenly they say, “write however you want, just make sure I can read it” at first I kept writing in cursive b/c it’s all I knew for 5 years but eventually it turned into a mixture of both printing and longhand, something like prursive. It’s ugly and I noticed that most of my guy friends have the same crap going on in their writing! Take a look:

Some words are 100% printing while others are mostly cursive. Why teach us two ways and then tell us, it doesn’t matter?! Does anyone know? Of course the almost sure fire exception to this rule of bad handwriting is girls. Nearly all of them have pretty handriting or unique handwriting…etc..etc. Why do they take such pride to writing well? Is it because they pass so many notes back in the day? I seriously don’t know any girls that have bad handwriting. In fact I had a girlfriend that once got an interview because the people were so impressed with her unique style of handwriting, I know that will never happen to me. In fact I’ve often thought that maybe I’ve been nixed from interviews because they couldn’t read my name. Sucks. Oh well, maybe a trip to the store will lift my spirits.


  1. EsoPhil said,

    October 15, 2006 @ 4:06 am

    I have always had good handwriting simply because I paid special close attention to developing it. I remember also noticing in high school that all the girls had good handwriting. In fact, I remember having at least a couple conversations with Dave, and the two of us both sought to emulate this type of handwriting. I remember noticing a cursive F that I copied into my style and an A that I also copied. I have since developed my own, consistent style. For several years I kept a hand-written journal. I spent many hours writing the entries, challenging myself to write as well as I could, experimenting with various styles. I guess it’s the artist in me.

    I think I have had several employment benefits from my handwriting. It is one of those good impression things, I guess. The last place I worked, I think I was known as having the best handwriting. That was always strange, since I’m a guy. Sounds like I’m bragging or something. Just laying down history :)

    Once I made a font out of my handwriting. No one could tell it was a font because my handwriting at the time was very consistent and evenly spaced. This is pushing “ridiculous”, but many people asked me then, “is that from the computer?”, referring to my handwriting. I don’t think it was that good, but I did actually get those comments.

    Now that I’m older, I have seen quite a few girls with horrible handwriting, so it is not an unbreakable pattern. In fact, at work, I’d say there are just as many girls with bad handwriting as guys. The two most notorious in the building are ladies - they are sisters ;)

    In all my professional years, I always look at and think about handwriting that I see on customer orders, envelopes, etc. It has always interested me.

  2. Micah said,

    October 15, 2006 @ 8:41 am


    That’s crazy, so my question is, how long does it take you to write a typical paragraph? Is your perfect handwriting easy to stay perfect at a fast pace?

  3. EsoPhil said,

    October 15, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Not perfect by any means. It takes about… WAY TOO LONG! No, I can’t write fast. :)

  4. Phil said,

    October 16, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    I can barely handwrite anything. Micah’s seen my chicken scratch! I type all day long, why would I want to write something down? Except for the notes to myself I use at work and can’t read the next day. Left handers are also favored by the Devil. Which explains a lot…

  5. Anthony said,

    October 16, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    A trip to the store huh?
    What are you going to get there?

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