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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Handwriting - a lost art?  Reply with quote

Philip Hensher has written a book about this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2...missing-ink-philip-hensher-review


I know people here feel strongly about the physical nature of their reading matter, but what about handwriting? I hardly do any handwriting these days and it has certainly deteriorated in clarity. Mostly I type. I send emails, not letters, and almost all work stuff has to be done on the keyboard as they don't want handwritten records and communications, except the odd post-it note. What about anyone else? do you still write by hand at all, and what?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been a long time since I wrote anything by hand other than short notes. It's a shame, really - although I guess only those who have worked on their handwriting will miss it going out of fashion.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hardly write anything these days beyond shopping lists, birthday greetings and addresses on envelopes. As I never had particularly attractive handwriting, this is no great loss to the world and as my fingers are becoming increasingly stiff, it is something of a relief to me that I don't have to grip a pen for more than the odd few minutes.

I can't say that it bothers me unduly that little of the correspondence I receive is handwritten, although I would be upset if things like greetings cards did not carry the sender's own writing.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always struggled with handwriting and these days I seldom write. When I do it's in an illegible scrawl. I can type as fast as 100 wpm in short bursts though, so write or type is a no-brainier for me!



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like chris my writing is confined to greetings cards and shopping lists so consequently it has ended up in a scrawl. And yet my other half who doesn't write as much as I do has retained a legible hand. Maybe I need to take more time over anything hand written because it literally shows a personal and genuine touch on those cards.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Mike on this one, I can type faster than I can write, approx 70 wpm - It really does seem like handwriting is a dying artform and many people nowadays don't even do it - its a shame though as everyone says I have lovely handwriting when I do write something, I've never really thought about it myself but at work when I have had to fill in questionaires and stuff I've always had comments on my handwriting.

I can also do calligraphy, I taught myself to do it years ago and bought myself a cheap calligraphy set, I very rarely do that nowadays though either.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years ago I taught myself Italic handwriting and it used to be admired. It's now sadly deteriorated, but elements can still be seen if I'm careful.


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Marita



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greeting cards and shopping lists for me as well. If I write fast I have doctorís handwriting i.e. totally illegible even for me. My husband says itís as if a spider with a broken leg has crawled across the page. When I type I can keep up with my thoughts and itís legible.
I did some calligraphy as well once upon a time, but havenít done that in years now.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marita wrote:
If I write fast I have doctorís handwriting i.e. totally illegible even for me. My husband says itís as if a spider with a broken leg has crawled across the page. When I type I can keep up with my thoughts and itís legible.


Me too!

And Prince Charles, since those letters of his we're not allowed to see are known as the Black Spider Letters...

I think it is sad that this is a declining art (skill) though, as I do think we all need skills which do not rely on technology and electric power to be used at all. I wonder how children and teens now do enough handwriting to keep up the skill? I like seeing how different people's handwriting looks and how it reflects their personality - though often it's partly the era they were educated in. My husband's writing is rather fluid and elegant - quite unexpected! - and I try to get him to write the cards these days as even when I'm trying my writing is horrible. He does do a lot more handwriting in his job than me, but then he is much slower at typing. seeing him dither around on a keyboard drives me nuts!   Very Happy


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