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(Mashable)   "Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting?" With any luck, yes   (mashable.com) divider line 241
    More: Interesting, Suzanne Asherson, cursive, occupational therapists, Winston-Salem Journal  
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2013-09-25 10:46:14 AM
I learned how to write in cursive when I was in the 3rd grade (1991), and I still write in cursive now and get plenty of compliments about how beautiful my handwriting is.  I type more than I write nowadays as my job demands that, but for things like handmade greeting cards, letters, Thank You notes/cards, gift tags, or anything else where something typed looks completely soulless, cursive is the way to go.  It just looks more elegant, and some things require that kind of detail.

I understand why people don't write like that anymore, it's far easier to just open up Microsoft Word and bang something out at your computer.  My sister especially, as a teacher, often times won't accept homework if it's not typed, just because a lot of students have atrocious handwriting (even printing), and she can't read it.  If it's typed, at least she knows what they're trying to say, even if it's wrong.  I wish more people knew how to write clearly and cleanly, whether in printing or cursive, because it's not a skill that will ever completely go away.
 
2013-09-25 10:48:07 AM
CSB: I sliced 4 tendons clean off in my wrist by running through a sliding glass door (A separate fascinating story in itself). My right hand was in a traction contraption built by the people at the VA hospital. I was forced to write an English paper with my left hand. I wrote in print. It looked pretty bad, but my teacher said, "Jay, this is the first paper that I've actually been able to read!"

I never wrote in cursive again.
 
2013-09-25 11:01:44 AM
I can only hope. Fark cursive up its graceful, flowing ass.
 
2013-09-25 11:02:34 AM
Eh, I use speedwriting for my own notes. I print when when others need to read it. The only time I use cursive is for my signature.
 
2013-09-25 11:02:44 AM
Cursive. Its very name means dirty words. Embrace it. Anything we spent thousands of years building has to be worth saving.

Except maybe for William Shatner.
 
2013-09-25 11:02:45 AM
I write in cursive and I'm younger than Coco LaFemme. I have noticed that almost no one else in my classes uses cursive though.
 
2013-09-25 11:02:45 AM
Sure, any sort of historian needs to be able to read cursive.  Kids?  What would children care?
 
2013-09-25 11:02:55 AM
I had to learn it, so should they.
 
2013-09-25 11:03:27 AM
Cursive was really the first subject that taught me an important life lesson; there are some things you are just never going to be any damn good at. I struggled with it for years until around age 11 I just had my mom teach me to type and got really fast at that.
 
2013-09-25 11:03:34 AM

cgraves67: I can only hope. Fark cursive up its graceful, flowing ass.


I just got the weirdest boner.
 
2013-09-25 11:03:51 AM
What is this "handwriting" you speak of?
 
2013-09-25 11:04:03 AM
HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.
 
2013-09-25 11:05:53 AM
Fark you, cursive.

www.newamericancursive.com
 
2013-09-25 11:05:57 AM
Don't give the hipsters any more ideas plz....
 
2013-09-25 11:06:11 AM
I had to learn cursive back in the '70's...  The rest of you farkers should have to suffer too....  :)

I'm left handed too, so that adds a whole new slant to my ability to write in cursive...  Thank god that shiat is dying out....
 
2013-09-25 11:06:45 AM
I never write anything. I just carry my computer everywhere I go. If I need to writes something, I type it, and print it out. I am thinking of getting a laptop, though...
 
2013-09-25 11:06:54 AM
Only time I ever use cursive these days is for my signature.

/much like a lot of other people, I imagine
 
2013-09-25 11:07:24 AM
There are people who cant understand  a traditional non-digital clock.. I have a sad.
 
2013-09-25 11:07:27 AM
Wow.  I am impressed that anyone can work up any kind of outrage over cursive writing.  You go, 'Murika.
 
2013-09-25 11:07:41 AM
I write faster in cursive.  Therefore ... cursive > print.
 
2013-09-25 11:07:51 AM

ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.


Most signatures are merely squiggly lines, anyway.
 
2013-09-25 11:08:06 AM
Seems plausible. After all,

www.timsackett.com
 
2013-09-25 11:08:15 AM

Sin_City_Superhero: I never write anything. I just carry my computer everywhere I go. If I need to writes something, I type it, and print it out. I am thinking of getting a laptop, though...


I tape my laptop to the refrigerator. It's great for posting notes on.
 
2013-09-25 11:08:42 AM

ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.


Yep, that's totally a legitimate objection, and not you being old and insecure.
 
2013-09-25 11:08:42 AM
I think farking swear filters have killed goshdarned cursive.
 
2013-09-25 11:09:07 AM

ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.


As the article states by a handwriting expert. Cursive is not required for signing a legal document.
 
2013-09-25 11:09:56 AM

jaylectricity: CSB: I sliced 4 tendons clean off in my wrist by running through a sliding glass door (A separate fascinating story in itself). My right hand was in a traction contraption built by the people at the VA hospital. I was forced to write an English paper with my left hand. I wrote in print. It looked pretty bad, but my teacher said, "Jay, this is the first paper that I've actually been able to read!"

I never wrote in cursive again.


When I was in 7th grade, one of teachers called my mom and asked if I had any kind of nerve or muscle problems with my hand because my writing was so horrible.
 
2013-09-25 11:10:47 AM
I stopped writing cursive in college.  My notes looked neater and more organized printed.  Plus I was a physics major, so there were not a lot of words in my notes.

I think it should still be taught because, why not?  If you argue technology, then why teach basic math?  Kids have calculators.
 
2013-09-25 11:11:18 AM

vegaswench: ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.

Most signatures are merely squiggly lines, anyway.


pjmedia.com
 
2013-09-25 11:11:25 AM
I had terrible handwriting in school; probably stemmed from the fact I did a lot of my formative writing with a piece of broken off pencil lead. I had/have a strange knack for losing things. Pencils were a big one back then.
 
2013-09-25 11:12:26 AM
NorthernMT:
As the article states by a handwriting expert. Cursive is not required for signing a legal document.

They wouldn't let me sign mortgage documents with my signature, because I don't sign my full name, I sign F. Middle Last.  Or rather F. Mid(trailing off) L(completely trailed off)
 
2013-09-25 11:12:51 AM
I'm ambivalent. We probably don't need it other than to be able to read what was written ... But we don't teach Latin anymore either...
 
2013-09-25 11:13:02 AM

ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.


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2013-09-25 11:13:28 AM
Cursive is a font we load onto the student computers in our district.
 
2013-09-25 11:13:38 AM
I just had a flashback... and it wasn't pretty. I remember having a cursive "test" in grade school and the teacher covered the letters above the chalk board up with construction paper (a least three trees died to make that happen). Luckily the entire alphabet on her Easter display at the side of the room was left uncovered. It was pretty awesome, we all played it cool and no one was busted.

Come to think of it - I'll bet the teacher did it on purpose and was totally cooking the books with our grades!!! Wow. Honestly had not thought about this in 30 years. No way she was that dumb... right?

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2013-09-25 11:13:50 AM
Nobody's stopping you yahoos from writing your posts out on Wacom Tablets and posting the macros. Why are you all killing cursive? Yes, that's right, it's because it sucks.
 
2013-09-25 11:14:01 AM

vegaswench: ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.

Most signatures are merely squiggly lines, anyway.


My signature is, for lack of a better term, a sigil that's somewhat loosely based on a hybridized cursive/print version of the first letter of my first name, and the first and last letters of my last.
 
2013-09-25 11:14:38 AM
A traditional form of performing a task falls into disuse because of changes in technology, and the defenders come out of the woodwork to extol the benefits of the old ways - benefits that far exceed the mere completion of the task needing to be done. They attack the new way as being crude, inelegant, boorish or lacking in charm. They ignore most to any possible positive benefits of completing the task the new way, beyond mere efficiency. Over time the old guard dwindle in numbers, their voices becoming fainter and more distant. And then finally we stop hearing about how the horse and buggy is really preferable to the automobile, or how much more rewarding it is to plant crops by hand. And maybe we do lose something along the way, but we gain other things too. So enjoy the ongoing revolution and don't get too bent out of shape over change and its pervasive portents. You can't farking stop it anyway.
 
2013-09-25 11:15:22 AM
If I remember correctly, Learning to read and write in cursive is no longer a requirement for most states and within the common core program they won't teach it at all.

awesome.
 
2013-09-25 11:15:54 AM
My print is clean and legible. My cursive is an unholy atrocity. I always print.

My nieces will not be learning cursive except enough for a signature. They just spend a lesson teaching the kids how to sign their name and that's it.

Honestly I think it is sad. Whether or not you use cursive as an adult shouldn't mean you just never learn it at all. I would be disappointed in a person that couldn't understand cursive.
 
2013-09-25 11:16:06 AM

vegaswench: ChipNASA: HOW ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN YOUR NAME TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS? HUH?!?!?!
/idiots.

Most signatures are merely squiggly lines, anyway.


Or flight paths...

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2013-09-25 11:17:07 AM

metallion: I had to learn cursive back in the '70's...  The rest of you farkers should have to suffer too....  :)

I'm left handed too, so that adds a whole new slant to my ability to write in cursive...  Thank god that shiat is dying out....


*highfives with inkstained hands*
 
2013-09-25 11:18:18 AM
I learned cursive, way back in the 1970s but it's getting really poor due to lack of practice these days. It used to be somewhat legible.

My poor son - they forced him to write in cursive all through Grade 4. It was horrible. He cannot write cursive. It was slow, slow, slow and still illegible. He was plenty smart enough, but just could not get his hand to make those symbols properly.

/Thank goodness he can type, and VERY well.
 
2013-09-25 11:18:36 AM

Opus Croakus: Don't give the hipsters any more ideas plz....


Maybe we should be happy that cursive is dying but not dead enough for its hipster revival.  It hasn't passed the hipster horizon yet.
 
2013-09-25 11:19:33 AM
Government would love that. No one would be able to interpret the constitution.
 
2013-09-25 11:20:04 AM

Intelligent_Donkey: I write in cursive and I'm younger than Coco LaFemme. I have noticed that almost no one else in my classes uses cursive though.


There's a reason for that.
 
2013-09-25 11:20:17 AM
Celebrating the possible end of cursive handwriting is like celebrating the end of using your hands to make food .. like beer. And pizza.

You big dummy
 
2013-09-25 11:20:35 AM
Good riddance.
 
2013-09-25 11:20:54 AM

metallion: I had to learn cursive back in the '70's...  The rest of you farkers should have to suffer too....  :)

I'm left handed too, so that adds a whole new slant to my ability to write in cursive...  Thank god that shiat is dying out....


Lefty here too.  My 3rd grade teacher (1970) was one of the "turn the paper 45 degrees to the left" crowd so that the right-handers wrote properly. The left-handers in the class, also known as "me", also had to turn the page to the left.  So I write upside down -- my hand is above and behind whatever I'm writing and making the letters in an odd way.

I would say it has affected me, but the voices in my head tell me that it hasn't.
 
2013-09-25 11:21:37 AM

stuhayes2010: I think it should still be taught because, why not? If you argue technology, then why teach basic math? Kids have calculators.


There's a difference between substance and style.
 
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