Monday, September 14, 2009

A Beautiful Hand

Barchowsky sat my daughter and me at a slanted writing desk and dictated a paragraph for us to write. She then looked at our work and tried to be diplomatic. She noted that my loops were too big and tended to get tangled in the lines of writing above and below, the sizes of my letters were inconsistent, they slanted in every direction, and certain ones—like R—were illegible while others got omitted altogether. She asked, "Do you ever go back and find you are unable to read your notes?" Yes, all the time!

Read the rest of Emily Yoffe's quest for better penmanship here.

[College ruined my handwriting and then law school destroyed the remains.]


Jeff said...

I think that both of us were taught "penmanship" - a responsible sounding word that speaks of labor and effort. And that's the way it was taught - as a separate subject, emphasized over and over again in classrooms and homework. We were graded on both content and presentation (penmanship).

Unfortunately I abandoned cursive when I hit junior high and began printing in longhand (and does anyone say "longhand" anymore?).

I regret to this day that I didn't keep up those skills and suffer serious envy when I see elaborate script handwriting and signatures.

Reading my notes? Case in point - client called me with specs this morning and after I hung up the phone, began transcribing them to an email. Of course, I couldn't read my own damn writing even minutes later...

- J.

Michael Wade said...


I have co-workers who ask me to translate my notes. I can usually do it because I was trying to be especially clear when writing to them. As for deciphering notes to myself, however, that's a much tougher task.

Rob said...

The new penmanship....

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