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(NPR)   New Jersey grandmother founds "Cursive Club" to keep alive the delicate art of cursive handwriting   (npr.org) divider line 105
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2013-04-08 10:38:34 PM
Anyone who's seen my chicken scratch in cursive would in no way call it delicate.
 
2013-04-08 10:41:16 PM
Is she also the founder of the Sanskrit and Telegraph Clubs?

I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever needed to write anything in cursive that wasn't for school, church, or relatives so old they remember when Hawaii and Alaska weren't states yet.  None of my employers have ever wanted things in cursive, and quite a few have actually complained about things written in cursive.

Cursive is the Buggy Whip Manufacturer of the written word.  It was developed in the era of quill pens when taking the pen from the page meant more chance of breaking your quill.  It's not really relevant these days.
 
2013-04-08 10:45:25 PM
Excellent.  I prefer Vimala font myselfwww.iihs.com

www.iihs.com
As left-handed collector and user of fountain pens I have found this the best in both handwriting and computer printing.
 
2013-04-08 11:02:17 PM

teto85: Excellent.  I prefer Vimala font myself[www.iihs.com image 723x415]

[www.iihs.com image 614x410]
As left-handed collector and user of fountain pens I have found this the best in both handwriting and computer printing.


Is that a lower case c and l or a lower case d? Is that a capital S or the number 8? Is that a capital U and lower case r or a lower case w and i?
 
2013-04-08 11:05:08 PM
I only use cursive to fill out checks. That's it- that's all I use it for. So my checks look like they were filled out by a six year old.
 
2013-04-08 11:44:51 PM
I took the GRE in 2004 and they made you write out a paragraph in cursive.  After 4 years of EE with 0 cursive, I almost failed the GRE before it started :)
 
2013-04-08 11:50:22 PM

propasaurus: Is that a lower case c and l or a lower case d? Is that a capital S or the number 8? Is that a capital U and lower case r or a lower case w and i?


cl, S, Wi
 
2013-04-08 11:50:39 PM
The only thing I've written in cursive since grade school is my signature, and over the years that's morphed into more of a scribble.
 
2013-04-08 11:50:50 PM
My cursive looks like ancient demonic text found in books that torment Bruce Campbell.

Which is to say, not good.
 
2013-04-09 12:05:35 AM
Cursive?

24.media.tumblr.com

Yeah, pretty good band.

/hero? seriously?
 
2013-04-09 12:15:12 AM
Although I'm not a user, I like it when people use cursive and am sad it's dying
 
2013-04-09 01:44:23 AM
I had to write a check to a company recently, I forget which one exactly, which had a capital Q or X or Z in its name. As I put pen to paper, I stopped. I realized it'd been so long, I had absolutely no idea how to write those capital letters in cursive anymore. I remembered that one of them was actually written as a numeral two, or perhaps that was the L.
I finally put a print capital Q in there, instead, and wrote only the lowercase letters in cursive. The check cleared no problem. So I think I'm just going to do that from now on.
 
2013-04-09 02:20:16 AM

Sim Tree: I had to write a check to a company recently, I forget which one exactly, which had a capital Q or X or Z in its name. As I put pen to paper, I stopped. I realized it'd been so long, I had absolutely no idea how to write those capital letters in cursive anymore. I remembered that one of them was actually written as a numeral two, or perhaps that was the L.
I finally put a print capital Q in there, instead, and wrote only the lowercase letters in cursive. The check cleared no problem. So I think I'm just going to do that from now on.


Most banks have online bill payment services now. Just type in the amount and who the payee is and the bank will generate a check to that person.
 
2013-04-09 02:26:48 AM
While cursive is nice and nostalgic, the reason for it to still exist is going away quickly.
/Unpopular opinion.
 
2013-04-09 02:33:45 AM

teto85: Excellent.  I prefer Vimala font myself


As left-handed collector and user of fountain pens I have found this the best in both handwriting and computer printing.


That is pretty close to what I use.

I can't print. It's cursive by the 3rd letter. Cursive is easier.
Luckily, our schools have all taught cursive.
 
2013-04-09 02:39:39 AM
24.media.tumblr.com

/hot like a big chewy pretzel
 
2013-04-09 02:51:42 AM
I'd rather learn more ancient forms of handwriting, such as the much classier looking types from 18th-19th century.

Though I imagine they're hard - cursive is like a beginner version. :(
 
2013-04-09 03:23:18 AM
I can't even imagine how bad a cursive would be today. even my name has devolved into *Capital letter followed by squiggly line Capital letter followed by squiggly line*
 
2013-04-09 03:45:29 AM
Am I the only one who was hoping she was keeping old fashioned, yet still high-quality swears alive?
 
2013-04-09 03:50:55 AM

eraser8: Am I the only one who was hoping she was keeping old fashioned, yet still high-quality swears alive?


By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of purgatory, you would be the one to think that.
 
2013-04-09 04:44:58 AM
Well I know hell and damn and bi...
 
2013-04-09 04:45:47 AM
Gay.
 
2013-04-09 04:48:31 AM
I can write in cursive just fine if need be, but I can't say I care one way or another if it fades from regular use.
 
2013-04-09 04:49:44 AM
Good for her. I did calligraphy when I was a kid, as a hobby.
 
2013-04-09 04:52:33 AM
I am left handed so I learned to write in Hebrew.
 
2013-04-09 04:53:05 AM
I just like how when I was an elementary school kid in the 90s how the teachers used to keep telling us how important cursive was and that was how people in high school and college wrote. The 00s biatchslapped that concept right back to earth, I wonder if kids these days even learn it anymore.
 
2013-04-09 04:55:04 AM
The only reason my cursive isn't a complete disaster is because I haven't got a printer and still need to write letters to my grandmother, who's over 90 and doesn't have a computer or use email. I do think it's important to keep it alive -- if nothing else, people need to be able to *read* it if they don't want an awful lot of the historical record to become illegible. (It's awful when fashions in writing change -- ever try reading anything in secretary hand? You can do it, but you have to really want to).
 
2013-04-09 04:55:26 AM

yukichigai: Is she also the founder of the Sanskrit and Telegraph Clubs?

I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever needed to write anything in cursive that wasn't for school, church, or relatives so old they remember when Hawaii and Alaska weren't states yet.  None of my employers have ever wanted things in cursive, and quite a few have actually complained about things written in cursive.

Cursive is the Buggy Whip Manufacturer of the written word.  It was developed in the era of quill pens when taking the pen from the page meant more chance of breaking your quill.  It's not really relevant these days.


While you are at it whipping people, have you ever written anything in another language? Like say, Japanese? They have their standards too. Cursive and "proper Engrish" taught me to have my own flair, that is, someone personal knows I didn't pick some generic cutsey font on my computer and print out xmas cards. You knew it came from me.

/learn to write, heathen.
 
2013-04-09 04:56:48 AM
I mean, teach people how to read it, but really, should someone be graded on something that is basically calligraphy anymore. If people love the art of handwriting, by all means, let them elect to take courses in it. It's not a lifeskill to be able to write in cursive anymore though.

Girl cursive is the worst.

ooOooOoooOooOOoooOOoOOooo!
 
2013-04-09 04:58:30 AM
I could still write in cursive, if I wanted to.

The problem is, I can't READ cursive. Not even my own handwriting.

I can DECIPHER cursive, IE, I can look at it and figure out what the words are based on contextual clues, but simply reading through it and I run into the ambiguities like the ones that propasaurus already pointed out. It's like decoding some ancient language.

So yeah, I can decode it, but I can't sit there and read it straight out (and I'm a speed reader so I find that annoying as all shiat).

// I type at well over 100WPM, cursive can suck it (unless it's a cursive typewriter).

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2013-04-09 04:59:36 AM

TinyFist: I only use cursive to fill out checks. That's it- that's all I use it for. So my checks look like they were filled out by a six year old.


THat's what I use it for. I could print more legible notes faster in my college days.
 
2013-04-09 05:04:15 AM
It's become little more than a niche hobby; students are far more likely to receive a grade in keyboarding than in penmanship.

Still, good for her for getting kids involved and interested.
 
2013-04-09 05:04:16 AM
TheJoe03: I just like how when I was an elementary school kid in the 90s how the teachers used to keep telling us how important cursive was and that was how people in high school and college wrote. The 00s biatchslapped that concept right back to earth, I wonder if kids these days even learn it anymore.

The education system is full of a lot of cruft.

I had a programmable calculator back in high school, and a math teacher that insisted on us learning the multiplication tables up to 12x12.

She used to give us sheets of 50+ problems to keep us busy while she helped the stupid kids.

All of the 50 problems could be solved using the same equations.

I would show my work on the first problem, then program the equation into my calculator and just punch in the variables.

She would get ticked that I finished it quickly (and started doing homework for other classes), and didn't show my work on all the problems.

Look lady, I knew the equation well enough to program it into a calculator. Just let me do my English homework in peace.
 
2013-04-09 05:08:51 AM
"I'd like to send this letter to the Prussian consulate inSiam byaeromail. Am I too late for the 4:30autogyro?"

/Every single minute I spent learning cursive at school could have been spent teaching me something that wasn't obsolete instead
 
2013-04-09 05:13:02 AM
Don't waste your time, lady. Cursive is the only permitted style in schools were I come from.
 
2013-04-09 05:13:54 AM
Ohh, and these days the math I do is on hundreds of thousands of rows of data, so 12x12 just doesn't cut it.

// I left my work machine running a db load that's pulling out an estimated 700,000,000 records, it's not in neteaza (yet), so it's going to take a while to complete :P
 
2013-04-09 05:14:02 AM
Definitely a generational thing, but my gut prejudice is that you're uneducated if you can only write in block letters.
 
2013-04-09 05:18:43 AM
Hero? Perhaps she should preserve something more practical instead, like the fine art of telephone switchboard operation, or the care and maintenance of coal-burning locomotive engines.
 
2013-04-09 05:19:13 AM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-09 05:24:42 AM
What negates the whole enterprise is that she's very flatulent in public, and just doesn't care.
 
2013-04-09 05:29:03 AM
I speak in cursive sometimes.
 
2013-04-09 05:29:31 AM

WhoopAssWayne: Definitely a generational thing, but my gut prejudice is that you're uneducated if you can only write in block letters.


3/10. Needs more effort.
 
mhd
2013-04-09 05:36:39 AM
My grandparents used to write like this:
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(this is a rather legible example, it gets worse from there)

That style of cursive went out of style along with blackletter printing, so in a few years people will be hard-pressed to find someone to decipher old documents.

Any sufficiently stylized cursive is indistinguishable from cryptography.
 
2013-04-09 05:37:11 AM

Charles_Nelson_Reilly: 3/10. Needs more effort.


imageshack.us

How's that for effort, biatch.
 
2013-04-09 05:42:11 AM

mhd: My grandparents used to write like this:


Your grandparents were elves from Middle Earth? Nice.
 
2013-04-09 05:45:44 AM

mhd: My grandparents used to write like this:
[i.imgur.com image 458x244]
(this is a rather legible example, it gets worse from there)

That style of cursive went out of style along with blackletter printing, so in a few years people will be hard-pressed to find someone to decipher old documents.

Any sufficiently stylized cursive is indistinguishable from cryptography.


Did you crib that from the Voynich Manuscript ? WTF variant of cursive is THAT?
 
2013-04-09 05:50:23 AM

WhoopAssWayne: Charles_Nelson_Reilly: 3/10. Needs more effort.

[imageshack.us image 310x310]

How's that for effort, biatch.


Hold up, everybody

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2013-04-09 05:53:32 AM

thamike: Hold up, everybody


What else you gonna do at 6am with nothing but jury duty all day to look forward to?
 
2013-04-09 05:53:42 AM
Are people under the impression that checks need to be written in cursive?
 
2013-04-09 05:56:04 AM

WhoopAssWayne: thamike: Hold up, everybody

What else you gonna do at 6am with nothing but jury duty all day to look forward to?


Cobble together a pair of glasses?

yourkillinmesmalls.files.wordpress.com
 
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