do you write in cursive or in print? which handwriting type looks better?

handwriting - which do you prefer, print or script?
@dierdre (2213)
Philippines
June 4, 2008 12:53pm CST
of course everyone started with print handwriting, until they reached 2nd grade (in my case) and then our teachers started to make us write in cursive style. they require it. but i noticed that when i reached 4th grade, i was writing both cursive and print in some notebooks, and the teachers were not that strict anymore as to what handwriting style you chose. then when i moved on to 5th grade, i wrote purely in print style and it has remained that way until now. i think it looks more legible than my script handwriting coz although my script handwriting looks good too, i tend to write longer with script handwriting coz i always tend to "beautify" the loops and curves that i make. so how about you? which handwriting style do you prefer to use or are more comfortable with? which one among the 2 looks better? or it doesnt matter to you coz your handwriting looks like chicken scratch or "doctors handwriting" no matter what style? just kidding.
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31 responses
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
I write mostly by print. I have gotten use to that when we weren't forced to write in cursive anymore. Without continued cursive practice, my cursive handwriting deteriorated. I'd really want to write better with my crusive though. Some friends I know who write crusive pretty well make it look like the pen is just sliding on the paper as they write. I on the other hand feel that I'm rather dragging the pen when I do cursive. When I write in print, some letters look similar like my 'u', 'n' and 'v' looks all alike, for some reason but, when others read it, they'd relatively figure it out.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
oh so your print looks similar to cursive coz the letter looks similar huh? maybe you should slow down when writing as to not make the letters look the same.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
Maybe, if I really want it to look neat but, I'm often the one who reads my notes and whenever someone else reads my writing, they'll understand it anyway. You know how people easily associate words even if its improperly spelled? Soemthing liek thsi? Evne thuogh teh wrods aer imporprely spleled, we stlil undrestnad tehm anywya. Though I do spell my words right and not like the one I gave as an example. I'm just saying that our minds have already registered certain words in our minds that, even though the order of letters in the word are not right, we can still say the word that those jumbled letters imply.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
ah yeah i ve read that article on the newspaper and on the net regarding the jumbled words.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I usually print. If I am writing a letter then I use cursive. But since email, that is few and far between. My handwriting tends to be a bit bubbly. My hubby has the handwriting of a doctor. It is barely legible.
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@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
LOL maybe you can help him to improve his writing.
@snowy22315 (49064)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I like to print because people have difficulty reading my writing. Sometimes they even have difficulty reading my printing. I admire people who have really nice handwriting but unfortunately that is not me.
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@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
oh well, maybe you can still try to improve your handwriting by practicing often, after all, its not too late to change or improve it..
@allen0187 (33449)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
hi die. i always wrote in print. even in school when i was younger, i've always wrote in print. i can write in the cursive style but i prefer to write in print. i've gotten into trouble with my teachers back then but eventually everythign was sorted out and they let me write in print. i remember i was the only one in class writing in print and my classmates envied me. i have good hand writing and both my cursive and print handwriting are really eligible. it just a personal preference to write in print i guess.
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@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
good for you that you have goodlooking script and print handwriting. most men prefer to write in print anyway, i havent come across someone who is male and writes cursive handwriting. with the exception of gays, perhaps? LOL
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I sometimes write in cursive and sometimes I print. I even sometimes find myself switching halfway through a sentence. I think that my cursive looks better than my print most of the time.
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@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
oh ok..i noticed that a couple of people seem to switch from cursive to print or vice cersa while writing. thanks for responding.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
4 Jun 08
for some reason i am just more comfortable printing but it does take longer so if i am in a hurry i use script. i think cursive generally looks nicer but then again if someone has lousy handwriting printing is probably the way to go for them.
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@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
LOL yeah i agree but i know a couple of people who have lousy handwriting and yet they still prefer to write in cursive.
@Timothy31 (649)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I use cursive always unless i have to write in print. I think print probably looks better but i still like cursive better to write in.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
oh that's rare, a guy who prefers to write in cursive.
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• United States
8 Jun 08
Haha is it really?
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
LOL yeah so far, if i can remember correctly, all guys ive known all write in print. even my dad and bro, they also write in print. so you are "unique".
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@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
I'm used to write in print. But when I was in elementary and high school, we were required to write in cursive style.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
you were still required to do that even in high school? that's pretty strict! i wonder what school is that.. (coz you also from the philippines right?)
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
Yes, I'm from the Philippines. I studied at Philippine Womens University.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I don't only write in both print and cursive. I write in both print and cursive in the same word. LOL! So, I may start a word in print and finish it in cursive, or vice versa. LOL! I don't know why I do it that way. I even sign my name like that. It is something sort of unique to me I guess. I don't know anyone else that writes like I do using both styles. So, I guess I would have to say that I like both equally. And, while my mom thinks my handwriting is pretty, I hate it. I think it is a mess. I am left handed which typically means that I smudge pen and pencil across the page as I drag my fist across the page. And, you can tell when I try to avoid that telltale smudge because my handwriting gets worse! LOL! Same with if I am writing in a binder or spiral notebook. I have to try to avoid that spiral and, you can see it in my handwriting. And, to top it all off, my dad is a left handed doctor! LOL! So, since I take after him in most ways, I was doomed to have bad handwriting. LOL!
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
oh, im left-handed too. the thing is, i dont use sign pen to avoid smearing the ink, i just use the regular ball pen. the female lefties are a rare breed, i think. LOL. regarding your handwriting, maybe its print with a few loops in between. LOL!
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
7 Jun 08
LOL! That pen smear is a pain in the rear! LOL! Especially when you are signing an occasion card or something. Or, writing a Thank You note or something where you are trying to be neat and tidy and make it legible and pretty! LOL! And, it is nice to know another female lefty! LOL!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
4 Jun 08
Much as i prefer cursive handwriting, but i will still stay with print handwriting.. LOL ^_^ Because partly i'm a left handed person and also i dun have much interest in wirting too.. lOL ^_^ I often envy ple with very nice and beautiful cursive hand writing and no matter how i train myself to prefect it, i will still end up with chicken scratch or even worse.. LOL =D Wat's more, my print writing is also much like chicken scratch too.. LOL
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
LOL oh well.. god gives us random "talents", maybe you are gifted in drawing or music.. i have a friend who has the worst handwriting ever, but she is very brainy, very inteligent. she graduated with honors.. im also left handed btw.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
6 Jun 08
haha.. Too bad, i'm equally bad in drawing too.. lOL ^_^ Whatever i draw, it doesn't come out as i expected to see.. lOL ^_^
• Canada
9 Jun 08
I generally print because I think it's easier for people to read, with the separated letters and all. However, I will tend to hand write if a) I'm in a hurry - writing in so much faster than printing or b) I want to make my letter look pretty. :) I will on occasion loop a few letters together when I'm printing like e's and i's. But that's about it. It's funny that we learn to print first, then hand write, then a lot of people go back to printing.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
yeah coz i think print in general looks neater and more easy to read than scrpipt, coz the loops can either make or break its readability.
• United States
8 Jun 08
I write both print and cursive. Most of my words start with print and end with curvive. It really depends on what I'm writing and how my pen flows.(:
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
cool, another mylot member who writes using a combination of both.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
8 Jun 08
My handwriting is sort of a hybrid of cursive and print. I don't pick my pen up very often when I write, so most of my letters end up being connected, but I do write in print. People always tell me they like my handwriting too, which is weird because I don't think it looks that great.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
oh another one who uses a combination of both print and script. well, you know, you might not like it, but beauty is always on the eyes of the beholder.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I perfer to print cause it looks neater. Some times i can write in cursive an it looks good but then there are times when I can't read it or someone else can't read it. I print more so it can be read by others.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
yeah cursive can be really confusing to read sometimes coz of its loops, unlike in print where it is plain and neat-looking.
@marababe (2513)
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
Hi dierdre! I write mostly in print cos my cursive really "socks". But I remember when I was in the 5th to 6th grade I enjoyed my cursive handwriting. I think it was only in high school that I really noticed that my cursive looks bad and that my print was more readable. Haha!
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
LOL yeah print really is the way to go for not-so-readable handwriting. LOL!
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
I prefer to write in print when I am not in a hurry. But, when, I am taking down notes or jotting it, I use my uber doctor handwriting, where as I am the only person who can understand what I wrote.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
yeah i always do that too when taking notes for school, since we have to always be in a hurry.
• India
5 Jun 08
I have long left school and college and I am now working.The age when I used to write seems a distant one.From the time the internet and computers have infiltrated every aspect of our lives,I doubt I have put pen to paper more than 4-5 times a week and that too just for jotting down somethings.When in school I used to write in print and then of course the stress on cursive writing produced some irregualrly shaped words and sentences from me!!!Now my writing is a mix of both print and cursive.And I no longer pay attention to the beauty of my handwriting.It is legible and neat though.:-)
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
oh i see, seems like alot of people write a combination of both script and print. and yes, when it all goes down it it, what matters the most is that its legible.
• Philippines
5 Jun 08
i think i learned to write in cursive when i was around that grade too... i didnt get it though, i mean, i didnt get why they had to teach us how to write in cursive when we already know how to write in print. part of learning i guess. the school wasnt exactly strict on a 'must write cursive' way but it was encouraged. i hate writing in cursive. hehehe... probably because my cursive looks ugly. haha.. and i write slow when i do it. just like what you said 'you tend to 'beautify' cursive handwritings'. so i dont really like to use it.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
yeah, i agree, you tend to concentrate on the loops and curves more to ensure that it looks good, unlike print, which doesnt have any fancy loops or whatever, just good, 'ol, plain alphabets.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I print sometimes if I am in a hurry to write something that does not mount to much, like a list of things to buy or have to do for the day. If I am writing something important, I like to write in cursive. My best handwriting is when I use cursive writing. My husband likes to write with a doctors signature and you cannot even read it. I hated that. I now have him writing to where it is at least legible. I think he likes it better now too.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
maybe you can suggest him to at least try to write in print, LOL. but wait. there's no "print" signature in the first place.
• Jamaica
5 Jun 08
I use the link script style. Part print part cursive. That way no tells me my writing is illegible. So find a comfortable writing mode and use it.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
i see, alot of people here seem to combine both print and cursive when writing..