I was reading this article today and got into a debate with my mom. I think cursive is a dead practice and she thinks children should continue to keep learning/using it. I recently wrote a long letter to a family member that doesn't use computers, and found it to be the most tiring task ever ... I know I can't be alone in this?

So, POLL TIME! Pass this on to your friends (it's a public entry), I'm curious as to what everyone else thinks! Feel free to leave comments if you have something else to say as well.

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From: [personal profile] whiski_sour

I couldn't answer the Hoff question because while I don't find the Hoff sexy, I still acknowledge his awesomeness. Please take Hoff sexiness-neutrality into account the next time you include a Hoff related question in a poll. It does exist!

From: [identity profile] lalablue.livejournal.com

You should have had an option for random cursive usage. I mostly print but some letters run together in a modern cursive manner.

Yup yup.

From: [identity profile] tortugax.livejournal.com

i actually think writing in cursive easier to do than print; i find it doesn't strain my hand as much, although i DO prefer to write in print if i have to, just because i have terrible handwriting in general.

although usually my writing tends to end up in a weird mash-up of print and cursive, anyway. or sometimes ill write in cursive just for variety :P

From: [identity profile] xiaomi.livejournal.com

I write in cursive only because it's far faster than printing, but if it's something whose precise reading matters, I have to block print. My cursive writing is very poor and has only gotten worse over the years, and I regret that we grew up at a time when cursive was emphasized. English isn't Arabic and I think that we would be better off if printed script were emphasized over cursive. If I could write in print at anything approaching the same speed I wrote in cursive, I would abandon it instantly. But if someone needs a lot of information on a form in not a lot of time, I have to write it in cursive.

I'm not aware of anyone who writes in "true" cursive, e.g. writing a capital "Q" shaped like the number "2" or other conventions that cause cursive to not resemble printed English. Most people ad-lib it (or, more candidly, half-ass it).
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From: [identity profile] laerwen.livejournal.com

I used to use cursive for EVERYTHING. Cursive was my favorite subject in 3rd and 4th grade! I was such a baby nerd, I loved doing my homework in my little cursive workbook with the special guidelines. XD

Then, I got to art school and ended up learning a neat, artful block lettering style that looks good and works. So, I'm equally comfortable in both styles now. Though I will admit that my cursive's form has suffered a bit because I TYPE so frigging much!

I plead the fifth on the last question. I thought it was inappropriate. XPPPPPP

From: [identity profile] glass-moment.livejournal.com

I only ever use cursive to sign things. Most of my teachers past elementary school wouldn't even accept assignments in cursive, as it's often much harder to read- especially when messy, like in a timed essay or something.

From: [identity profile] sideshowkat.livejournal.com

In elementary school, once we learned cursive, we had to write in cursive ONLY. That lasted until sixth grade, when the middle school teachers didn't give a shit, LOL. Now that I work with kids, I notice that even though they're still learning cursive, the teachers don't force them to write in it all the time. It's weird, because I figured they would still do that.

Nowadays I only use cursive if I'm signing my name.

Speaking of the Hoff, did you get Mel's card?

From: [identity profile] serendipity8791.livejournal.com

To be completely honest, I have at least three main distinct handwriting styles and they depend on how speedy I need to be, my mood, the type of pen and paper texture. The other ones are just variations thereof.

And yes, I was only humoring you on the Hoff question. :P

From: [identity profile] txvoodoo.livejournal.com

Girl, I write in any way it comes out legible. I have reduced nerve function in both hands, and benign familial tremor starting up. (Thanks, mom.)

It's sort of a combo of print/cursive. It usually looks like English.

From: [identity profile] iamnotvoldemort.livejournal.com

I rarely ever physically write anything anymore thanks to computers. I think that's more of why my handwriting has suffered over the years than anything else. If I'm writing at all, I usually print because my cursive has been very sloppy since day one. Both my mom and my grandmother are cursive people though, I don't think I've seen either of them block print anything in my life. I, on the other hand, use cursive for two things only: my signature and my job (decorating cakes).

I also refuse to take part in the last question because he is gross and I am not in denial.
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From: [identity profile] vensre.livejournal.com

I haven't used cursive since I learned it, so when I do try to write in cursive it looks like a nine-year-old's handwriting. o_o

But if we hadn't covered it in school I wouldn't be able to decipher my grandparents' birthday cards, so I'm okay with it in general. From what I can tell a lot of people's handwriting settles into some middle ground between printing and cursive, so it makes sense to know both. Some percentage of people are obviously going to string letters together when they write anyway, so there may as well be a standard system to start from.