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Handwriting (was: Re: Moi, le Kou)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Saturday, January 13, 2001, 1:40
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From: jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2001 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: Moi, le Kou (was: verbs = nouns?)

>Yoon Ha Lee sikayal: > >Yep, yep, and yep. My Greek handwriting is much more meticulous than my >English handwriting (now that I'm learning Classical Greek--hooray!), and >I was told that my Hebrew handwriting is the same. I never learned Hebrew >cursive, but the print letters I drew were always pretty neat. And I >agree that it's because when drawing in an unfamiliar alphabet people are >more conscious of the letter-forms and so are more careful about forming >them exactly right.
Heh. I have tried and *tried* to draw "aleph" (for aleph-nought) and the wretched thing never looks right. When I look at Hebrew I always feel as though I'm missing a calligraphy pen or something to get the thin/thick strokes. Wimp that I am, I'm taking Intensive Latin next semester--no new alphabet involved. If it were anything but my last semester at Cornell I would consider trying something with an unfamiliar alphabet....
>WRT normal handwriting is a scriptologist's nightmare of >mixed cursive and print forms and my own unique interpretive >letters. Most people can read it without too much trouble, but it's >hardly standard by any means. I remember having to learn cursive writing >separately, and some of the letters are *really* weird--especially the >capital "Q" and lower-case "r" and "s".
Having read half a dozen semi-crackpot books on graphology, complete with writing samples--it's *amazing* how much you can mutilate Roman letters and still have them be figure-outable! YHL