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: [identity profile] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

I remember, but I found myself having to concentrate incredibly hard to have it legible. I rarely use it (thank you notes and letters to people who don't use computers) so I find myself printing most of the time.

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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] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

I didn't think of that one, huh. The only thing I tend to do is use capital and lowercase letters in my printing, and it drives people who read it insane.

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] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

I used to have such nice handwriting when I learned in grade school ... and then it went down the toilet because computers started being used frequently, haha.

Well hi thar sexy icon *stare*

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).

From: [identity profile] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

That's interesting - for me printing is done at a much more rapid speed than cursive. I found, while sitting down to write my letter, that cursive came painstakingly slow because I was attempting to remember how to do it "properly" ... or maybe I just wanted to impress my 80+ year old family member? Quite a few years had passed since I really sat down to use it for more than a quick post-it note though, so I'm betting it too is something that diminishes in ease when you don't use it regularly.

I am glad though, that they're starting to make sure the quality of writing is emphasized in schools now, rather than how it looks. I know far too many people who lack proper grammar in their writing, and can't spell to save their life!
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From: [identity profile] laerwen.livejournal.com

I write my capital Qs in cursive like a 2! But then, I am a stickler for form when I write in cursive. I don't know why - I've always been that way.
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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] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

Yeah, I really just can't be bothered to use cursive most of the time. It's such a skill in itself to read it sometimes too, because some people have MESSY handwriting, lol.


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] dr-funbags.livejournal.com

I wish I would have been a kid in this day, because we had hardcore cursive lessons, and up until computers began to be used regularly, we were required to use it all the time.

Yeah, for the most part that's when I use it too. Or if I'm writing a note to somebody etc.

YES, haha. I got it last week and opened it today. GREATEST CARD EVER!!!!!
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From: [identity profile] laerwen.livejournal.com

Ha, your school did that too, huh? 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, I was NOT ALLOWED to write in print on anything. Then in 6th grade - yeah, no one cared. I think this was a weird-ass New York thing. XD

From: [identity profile] sideshowkat.livejournal.com

LOL, I guess so! If we wrote in print, even if we were just taking notes....we had to do it over in cursive. So annoying.

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.