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2012-07-09 11:55:52 PM  
good f*cking riddance
 
2012-07-10 12:00:44 AM  
It doesn't really have much of a purpose anymore. There are better ways to write faster and more legibly.
 
2012-07-10 12:41:20 AM  
I'm sure there was a similar concerned for hieroglyphics.
 
2012-07-10 12:41:28 AM  
Way back in high school, I'd given up cursive for printing/normal/block/whatever non-cursive is called, because it made my notes much easier to read and I was actually faster at it. After writing almost exclusively like that for 4 years, I had to take the SAT.

Hardest part of the test? That damn statement at the end that you were required to write entirely in cursive and then sign.

/this was 1995...don't know if you still have that or not

John Dewey: good f*cking riddance


Yes.
 
2012-07-10 12:47:43 AM  
I still write pretty much everything in cursive - it's faster, and just looks better to the non-mouthbreathers.

*looks up*

Oh, right. Some people have no appreciation for aesthetics. Everyone make sure to eat a few pork rinds and wash them down with Brawndo[tm] before posting.
 
2012-07-10 12:49:27 AM  

John Dewey: good f*cking riddance


This. Sure, cursive may be an art form as the article claims. But so is egg tempura painting, soap carving, and whittling. None have much use in the real world.
 
2012-07-10 12:51:25 AM  
I communicate almost entirely digitally nowadays. Since heading back to study a few years ago i had an incredibly hard time coping with exams, all hand written. Two years later i still can't handwrite for shiat. Hand cramps, unable to master proper letter formation, etc. Eugh. I'm curious if i lose marks in my exams due to untidy handwriting.
 
2012-07-10 12:53:00 AM  
You guys are gonna be so screwed when the collapse comes

/I'll be able to make a living writing your text messages
 
2012-07-10 12:54:56 AM  

ArkAngel: John Dewey: good f*cking riddance

This. Sure, cursive may be an art form as the article claims. But so is egg tempura painting, soap carving, and whittling. None have much use in the real world.


I use it to sign checks.
 
2012-07-10 12:55:00 AM  
Good f*cking riddance. Every goddamn word my first grade teacher said about us needing to know cursive when we grew up was a filthy lie.
 
2012-07-10 12:57:27 AM  

kmmontandon: I still write pretty much everything in cursive - it's faster, and just looks better to the non-mouthbreathers.

*looks up*

Oh, right. Some people have no appreciation for aesthetics. Everyone make sure to eat a few pork rinds and wash them down with Brawndo[tm] before posting.


That wasn't in cursive. Try again.
 
2012-07-10 01:08:39 AM  
I hate cursive. They tried to force me into it in elementary school and so I refused to this day. Even my signature is print.

F*ck you, cursive. I hope to god I never learn what a Q looks like.
 
2012-07-10 01:13:34 AM  
TL;DR: I hurt my right hand and had to write a high school English paper with my left hand. I printed. The teacher took the time to say in front of the class that it was the first time she could actually read every word in my report. I stopped writing in cursive that day.


Cool story bro:

I was at home waiting for my mother to come home. She was picking up my sister from cheerleading practice or whatever after my mom got out of work. She told me to light the grill for dinner so it would be ready when she got home.
There's a small chance that I took it upon myself to do it, but my mother doesn't dispute that she told me to light the grill whenever I tell this story.

So I set up the charcoal, squeezed some lighter fluid on the stack, and that's when I realized we didn't have a cigarette lighter anymore. We had recently moved out of our house on the AFB when my mom split with my father. He smoked...none of us did.

Anyhoo...I decided to try using toothpicks, lighting them on fire using the electric stove coils. I would turn the burner on high, then scrape the toothpick on it until it lit on fire. This worked, but then I had to carry the flaming toothpick from the kitchen through a hallway and the living room to get to the other side where the sliding glass door to the patio was. The toothpick kept going out. I usually would get it outside and the breeze would blow it right out.

After five or six attempts leaving the sliding door open I kind of gave up and closed the door.

Then I got a brilliant idea. Use a paper napkin that will burn better. So I went back to the stove, lit a napkin on fire with the burner and started walking out to the patio. By the time I hit the living room the fire was burning faster and faster. I started running through the living room to get outside faster. Right when I got to the sliding glass door, I forgot that I had shut it and tried to throw the burning napkin out the door.

What happened next was almost surreal and before I had ever tried any mind altering substance. Time slowed way down, I bounced off the glass in the door, then watched it shatter in front of me. All the while I was trying to raise my hand with the burning napkn in it and throw the napkin out on to the patio before it burned me.

I looked down and could see that I had a pretty deep cut in my wrist. The top half of the broken glass door slid down and sliced my wrist sort of like a guillotine. I ran to the kitchen and pulled on some paper towels to stop the bleeding. I couldn't rip them off the roll because I couldn't do the snapping action with my right hand. So I had my left hand covering the wound on my right wrist with paper towels as I hurried to my room to get my first aid book.

I was looking at the book trying to figure out what to do, turning the pages while I tried to stop the bleeding. It was then that I heard my mother on the porch getting ready to unlock the door. I cried out, "Please hurry, I hurt myself!" She fumbled with her keys and finally got the door open. She rushed me to her new car and joked, "You better not get any blood on my new car!" It made me laugh, and relax a bit.

Turns out, I cut four tendons straight through. The surgeon had to use long needle-nose forceps to reach up through the cut, up my forearm towards the elbow, and grab the tendon and bring it down to reattach it to the short piece hanging off my hand. I had a cool little traction brace that they crafted right in front of me. Melted some plastic, molded it onto my wrist overlapping to the forearm and hand. Then they attached a piece of metal above my thumb and used an elastic band to replace the motion that needed the tendon I cut. Two of the tendons operated my thumb and the other two operated my wrist. So this rubberband took the place of the tendon needed to extend your thumb to a thumbs up position.

The goal was to keep the healing tendon from binding to the bone or skin in the wrist.

/at least I gave the short version first
 
2012-07-10 01:16:46 AM  

jaylectricity: TL;DR: I hurt my right hand and had to write a high school English paper with my left hand. I printed. The teacher took the time to say in front of the class that it was the first time she could actually read every word in my report. I stopped writing in cursive that day.


Cool story bro:

I was at home waiting for my mother to come home. She was picking up my sister from cheerleading practice or whatever after my mom got out of work. She told me to light the grill for dinner so it would be ready when she got home.
There's a small chance that I took it upon myself to do it, but my mother doesn't dispute that she told me to light the grill whenever I tell this story.

So I set up the charcoal, squeezed some lighter fluid on the stack, and that's when I realized we didn't have a cigarette lighter anymore. We had recently moved out of our house on the AFB when my mom split with my father. He smoked...none of us did.

Anyhoo...I decided to try using toothpicks, lighting them on fire using the electric stove coils. I would turn the burner on high, then scrape the toothpick on it until it lit on fire. This worked, but then I had to carry the flaming toothpick from the kitchen through a hallway and the living room to get to the other side where the sliding glass door to the patio was. The toothpick kept going out. I usually would get it outside and the breeze would blow it right out.

After five or six attempts leaving the sliding door open I kind of gave up and closed the door.

Then I got a brilliant idea. Use a paper napkin that will burn better. So I went back to the stove, lit a napkin on fire with the burner and started walking out to the patio. By the time I hit the living room the fire was burning faster and faster. I started running through the living room to get outside faster. Right when I got to the sliding glass door, I forgot that I had shut it and tried to throw the burning napkin out the door.

What happened next was almost surreal and before I had ever t ...


Wut
 
2012-07-10 01:20:39 AM  

Ooba Tooba: jaylectricity: What happened next was almost surreal and befo ...

Wut


When we finally got home we found that the napkin had burned a small patch of carpet fibers right inside the door. Lucky it didn't burn down the whole building.
 
2012-07-10 01:25:31 AM  

jaylectricity: TL;DR: I hurt my right hand and had to write a high school English paper with my left hand. I printed. The teacher took the time to say in front of the class that it was the first time she could actually read every word in my report. I stopped writing in cursive that day.


Cool story bro:


TLDR: some story you made up so you wouldn't have to tell the farkosphere about how you tore a tendon jerking off
 
2012-07-10 01:31:50 AM  

ArkAngel: jaylectricity: TL;DR: I hurt my right hand and had to write a high school English paper with my left hand. I printed. The teacher took the time to say in front of the class that it was the first time she could actually read every word in my report. I stopped writing in cursive that day.


Cool story bro:

TLDR: some story you made up so you wouldn't have to tell the farkosphere about how you tore a tendon jerking off


Is that a bad thing? I just wanted to know because...um, hey look up there at jaylectricity's fascinating story!
 
2012-07-10 01:32:31 AM  

ArkAngel: TLDR: some story you made up so you wouldn't have to tell the farkosphere about how you tore a tendon jerking off


Wouldn't THAT story be more interesting to Fark than this story you think I made up? Why would I deprive Fark of that?
 
2012-07-10 01:34:42 AM  
Although I assume he'll just write the story and post it six months from now when we least expect it.
 
2012-07-10 02:20:46 AM  
I quit cursive in junior high because I admired my stepdad's non-cursive handwriting.
 
2012-07-10 02:32:08 AM  

John Dewey: good f*cking riddance

 
2012-07-10 03:19:04 AM  
In a thread about cursive writing and masturbating the Palmer Method rules all.
 
2012-07-10 05:18:00 AM  

kmmontandon: I still write pretty much everything in cursive - it's faster, and just looks better to the non-mouthbreathers.

*looks up*

Oh, right. Some people have no appreciation for aesthetics. Everyone make sure to eat a few pork rinds and wash them down with Brawndo[tm] before posting.


Yes, because who cares if it's efficient, or is readable, or isn't completely outdated and obsolete...It looks purty, therefore if you don't like it, you're an idiot.
 
2012-07-10 05:21:14 AM  
Hate for cursive is why shiat like Comic Sans exists.

If you're willing to throw away aesthetics, you're willing to embrace lowest common denominator crap.
 
2012-07-10 05:22:00 AM  

snuff3r: I communicate almost entirely digitally nowadays. Since heading back to study a few years ago i had an incredibly hard time coping with exams, all hand written. Two years later i still can't handwrite for shiat. Hand cramps, unable to master proper letter formation, etc. Eugh. I'm curious if i lose marks in my exams due to untidy handwriting.


Probably.
For written exams here ( Australia ) at school if the marker can't read your writing it goes to another person. If they can't read it they pass it along. If the third person can't read it, it gets zero. If it's very hard to read but you can still sort of see what they mean you still get less marks - they can't understand you.

I love cursive writing, my students love seeing me write. They see it as a skill and some try to do better. Some don't bother.
 
2012-07-10 05:22:11 AM  
Cursive is great for Thank You cards, Sympathy notes, Valentine's Day and writing heartfelt letters to your significant others when you fark up or are saving up goodwill points. Other than that, it's pretty useless. I've heard they've stopped teaching it in a lot of schools.
 
2012-07-10 05:23:57 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Comic


Damn you.
 
2012-07-10 05:25:34 AM  
Cursive existed for one reason, and one reason only.

Nib pens had a tendency to blot and spill ink on the page, and lifting them and putting them back down exacerbated this tendency. So writing without lifting the nib from the page was a way to prevent blotting and keep everything from looking like a mess.

It isn't even a system that's outdated since we have computers, it's a system that's been outdated since we invented the ballpoint pen, or pencils. We can go back to actual, traditional writing, rather than the idiocy of cursive.
 
2012-07-10 05:26:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Hate for cursive is why shiat like Comic Sans exists.

If you're willing to throw away aesthetics, you're willing to embrace lowest common denominator crap.


Cursive IS lowest common denominator crap. It's the writing of choice for ancient widows and elderly men. The same people that read the Enquirer and watch Fox News.

Cursive is for the dumbest among us.
 
2012-07-10 05:27:12 AM  
www.japanese-name-translation.com
 
2012-07-10 05:28:21 AM  
images1.bingocardcreator.com
 
2012-07-10 05:29:43 AM  
I used to go out with a teacher. I have no idea how she used to read the assignments she was marking. They were completely illegible to me thanks to "cursive" writing.

OTOH I've seen cursive writing that looked illegible at first glance but turned out to be the easiest thing to read evah. You could literally speed-read it. That's the exception, not the rule though. One in a million.
 
2012-07-10 05:33:10 AM  

Joce678: I used to go out with a teacher. I have no idea how she used to read the assignments she was marking. They were completely illegible to me thanks to "cursive" writing.

OTOH I've seen cursive writing that looked illegible at first glance but turned out to be the easiest thing to read evah. You could literally speed-read it. That's the exception, not the rule though. One in a million.


So what you're saying is that everyone's handwriting should look like a foreign language and everyone should practice reading everyone else until it becomes legible?
 
2012-07-10 05:33:38 AM  
This thread is about:
A) handwriting
B) lighting a grill
C) masturbating
D) graveyard shifts

choose an answer and summarize in paragraph form.
 
2012-07-10 05:35:11 AM  

Confabulat: AverageAmericanGuy: Hate for cursive is why shiat like Comic Sans exists.

If you're willing to throw away aesthetics, you're willing to embrace lowest common denominator crap.

Cursive IS lowest common denominator crap. It's the writing of choice for ancient widows and elderly men. The same people that read the Enquirer and watch Fox News.

Cursive is for the dumbest among us.


See, now you're just trying to be disagreeable. Yes, cursive is the handwriting of your betters. It's better to accept that and move on than try to justify your inability to do it by demeaning them.
 
2012-07-10 05:36:30 AM  
Cursive is for dirty, liberal, socialist, poet-writing, hippies.
 
2012-07-10 05:39:47 AM  
I've been told that what passes for my handwriting looks like an 'elven font' that Tolkien invented. I once wrote out an accident report, and a week later, the hotel manager who liked my handwriting called me up to his office and asked me if I'd be nice enough to address and sign some Christmas cards for the company.

It took me almost three weeks.
 
2012-07-10 05:42:06 AM  

mamoru: Way back in high school, I'd given up cursive for printing/normal/block/whatever non-cursive is called, because it made my notes much easier to read and I was actually faster at it. After writing almost exclusively like that for 4 years, I had to take the SAT.

Hardest part of the test? That damn statement at the end that you were required to write entirely in cursive and then sign.

/this was 1995...don't know if you still have that or not

John Dewey: good f*cking riddance

Yes.


Finally. It was still there in 2002 when I took it. Until this very moment I couldn't figure out if I imagined that part or if I misread something and wrote a paragraph in cursive like a moron for no reason.
 
2012-07-10 05:43:05 AM  

kmmontandon: - it's faster, and just looks better to the non-mouthbreathers.


Faster is not better. I write much faster block letters than cursive. Why? Because I can crank them out all caps like a machine and it don't matter none if they ain't prettified. My cursive I write slowly.
 
2012-07-10 05:45:34 AM  

kmmontandon: I still write pretty much everything in cursive - it's faster, and just looks better to the non-mouthbreathers.

*looks up*

Oh, right. Some people have no appreciation for aesthetics. Everyone make sure to eat a few pork rinds and wash them down with Brawndo[tm] before posting.


You have the aesthetics of a room-temperature, queef. If curley-ques on the ends of your letters get you hot, you have no aesthetic virtue to speak of. Enjoy being irrelevant you banal anachronism.

m0.mattters.com

J/K, I was proud of how much faster I could write in cursive once. Too bad it's so much uglier and less efficient than text. If you prefer, you could always cut and paste this text with any font you choose.
 
2012-07-10 05:45:59 AM  

Coelacanth: I've been told that what passes for my handwriting looks like an 'elven font' that Tolkien invented. I once wrote out an accident report, and a week later, the hotel manager who liked my handwriting called me up to his office and asked me if I'd be nice enough to address and sign some Christmas cards for the company.

It took me almost three weeks.


I hope you sent one to Elrond.
 
2012-07-10 05:47:16 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Confabulat: AverageAmericanGuy: Hate for cursive is why shiat like Comic Sans exists.

If you're willing to throw away aesthetics, you're willing to embrace lowest common denominator crap.

Cursive IS lowest common denominator crap. It's the writing of choice for ancient widows and elderly men. The same people that read the Enquirer and watch Fox News.

Cursive is for the dumbest among us.

See, now you're just trying to be disagreeable. Yes, cursive is the handwriting of your betters. It's better to accept that and move on than try to justify your inability to do it by demeaning them.


Ha, cursive is for suckers and little kids. Smart people never used that crap except to butter up their elementary school teachers. You just finding this out now?
 
2012-07-10 05:49:22 AM  

Bongo Blue: This thread is about:
A) handwriting
B) lighting a grill
C) masturbating
D) graveyard shifts

choose an answer and summarize in paragraph form.


I quit writing in cursive when I moved from Texas (were I had been taught until then) to Alabama where the teacher said we haven't taught cursive yet don't write in it, so I didn't unless that was the the lesson .

Opps that wasn't a full paragraph so I guess to the masturbation part : )
 
2012-07-10 05:52:12 AM  
Really, would people biatch if they get a love letter and its in print? Its a love letter..their are more important things to think of instead of if its in cursive..
 
2012-07-10 05:54:35 AM  

Confabulat: Ha, cursive is for suckers and little kids. Smart people never used that crap except to butter up their elementary school teachers. You just finding this out now?


And now you are favorited.

Confabulat Note: Uncultured oaf Color: yellow 4 x

Probably a beer drinker too, I'd imagine.
 
2012-07-10 05:54:53 AM  

Relatively Obscure: It doesn't really have much of a purpose anymore. There are better ways to write faster and more legibly.


Such as?
 
2012-07-10 05:55:13 AM  
I've been writing love letters to my girlfriend lately in cursive. I have to admit, when I began, I hadn't written in cursive in years, so I had to take a lot of pauses until I could remember the next stroke. With some time I was able to write with better flow and fewer stops.
 
2012-07-10 05:55:36 AM  

libranoelrose: Joce678: I used to go out with a teacher. I have no idea how she used to read the assignments she was marking. They were completely illegible to me thanks to "cursive" writing.

So what you're saying is that everyone's handwriting should look like a foreign language and everyone should practice reading everyone else until it becomes legible?


Nope. I think cursive is stupid.

Me? I've never written in cursive and don't know how. My dad used to hate on me, teachers used to go ballistic all the time but I never learned. It just seemed like a stupid way to write.
 
2012-07-10 05:56:08 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Hate for cursive is why shiat like Comic Sans exists.

If you're willing to throw away aesthetics, you're willing to embrace lowest common denominator crap.


LOL, this is nothing but pure pretentious sophistry.
You equate the simple dislike of cursive with complete disregard for aesthetics, as if they were obviously indicative of each other.
Then you further proceed to equate a disinterest in aesthetic concerns with the propensity to happily accept the worst and cheapest, like some A=B=C equation?
Holy crap. If you're serious, this is some of the least reasonable, most elitist, most broad-brush pigeonholing I've read in a while.
 
2012-07-10 05:56:24 AM  

david_gaithersburg: Relatively Obscure: It doesn't really have much of a purpose anymore. There are better ways to write faster and more legibly.

Such as?


Write the letters one at a time.
 
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