Who writes in Cursive?

Discussion in 'Arts and Letters' started by Gunnen4u, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Gunnen4u

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    Honest question. I was taught cursive in school, but as the years went on, especially in my college days, less and less people could read what I wrote (I have excellent cursive handwriting, BTW).

    I think there is a big culture jump tied to this. I hear they do not even teach it anymore in school.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Endymion

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    It took me multiple days to read the letters you wrote me in Basic, 15 minutes at a time after lights out in the can. I cannot read or write cursive, was taught in fragments that never took.
     
  3. Manko

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    I was never very good at cursive, even though I learned it in school. It looks cool when I write in it, but I'd never write a business note in the international office I'm working in and expect someone to be able to read it.

    When I was in the Spanish Dept., we were told to never write in cursive when dealing with Latinos, except if they were priests, and Jesuits at that. Most of the Latin American world doesn't have the highest opportunity to get an education and that block writing in all capitals is the target of most small village poor country folk schools.

    What it comes down to, and I'll put it right here and maybe even end the thread, is that it reflects an educated style of writing. The corollary to that is that the education level of society in general is rapidly declining, so it's been dropped by the wayside.
     
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  4. Olaf

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    I was taught cursive in grade school. I can write in it. But I usually just print or end up using a mix of the two, since it is most often just for my own use. Most written stuff i deal with ends up being typed, with a signature at the most written by hand.

    I have also heard a lot of schools don't teach cursive, as they expect everyone to be using a keyboard to communicate. Frees up time to indoctrinate them in more important matters.
     
  5. Dolph

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    I was taught it in grade school. I probably spent 3-4x as much time learning cursive as I did typing. Guess which one I use constantly and which I've completely abandoned using haha
     
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  6. I do, always, although probably in a different style to American schools teach.
    I write quite a lot, an always try to avoid using a computer for any work documents as it invariably takes longer due to everything being formatted badly.
    I usually write in fountain pen, using bottled ink, as this is more enjoyable, personal and ecological. I also like being an anachronism. I have also done some calligraphy, although I don't do much at the moment.
    The majority of my school age students write in cursive, but there is an increasing pressure on boys to print in capitals. Naturally, this is slower and creates a negative impression.
     
  7. Chiron

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    My handwriting has become more printlike, with only a hint of cursive-like drag of my pen tip.
     
  8. Tzar

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    I still remember most of my cursive, my mom made me learn. Not that I use it ever, but I do remember it.
     
  9. PsihoKekec

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    I write my notes in cursive when I'm the only one who is supposed to be reading it as I have terrible handwriting.
     
  10. Son of Odin

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    When I write checks but that's about it
     
  11. RockMan

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    I always write in cursive, despite English being my second language and I am left handed my handwriting is exemplary.
     
  12. sasquatch

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    If I remember right we started learning cursive in 3rd grade. I still write in cursive, but that's mostly notes and stuff at meetings any more.
     
  13. Servo

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    I write cursive. It's just faster.

    People still in school should also handwrite their notes, it just sticks in your brain better, this has been studied to death. Since cursive is the faster way to hand-write, it is practical to know.
     
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  14. Motivationman

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    I used to only write in cursive but in highschool I lost the ability as that was about the time teachers started wanting all papers to be typed out. In college I took handwritten print notes. Kind of wish I never lost the ability. At one point I was seriously considering buying this, supposedly if you do it their way it increases your words per minute and helps with legibility and even spacing.

     
  15. Contra

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    I only sign my name in cursive now. But all the letters are in perfect cursive and it's something I take great pride in. Always thought messy chicken scratch signatures looked dumb.
     
  16. Man of the North

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    I can barely print legibly, much less write cursive. As an aside, the majority of severe criminals (max penitentiary) have very good handwriting, and quite a few use perfect cursive.
     
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  17. Samson

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    I bet that you don't have to sign your name five hundred thousand times per day!

    It's interesting that the decline in cursive is creating a serious impediment to amateur historical research. I was on the official government archives website lately, looking at some old WWI documents, which would have been hieroglyphics to kids today.
     
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  18. BigNoise

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    I learned it as a home/private-Christian schooled youth.

    I can still read most stuff, but there's definitely a few letters I would have to look up if I were to try writing anything much beyond my signature.
     
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  19. Winbot

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    @Gunnen4u Aren't you left handed? Cursive is awful for lefties.
     
  20. RockMan

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    I know, all my notes get smudged.