How's your penmanship?

penmanship - Practice makes perfect
United States
July 25, 2008 10:54pm CST
Is it readable? Do you write better with manuscript or a cursive style? Can you write calligraphy? I know you can type but can you write? If you still sign your name with an X just move on by. Attach proof positive if you want.
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52 responses
@PearlGrace (3171)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Hi gitfiddleplayer. My penmanship is not all that great, I'm sorry to say. I'm left-handed and my third grade teacher tried to change my from writing with my left to writing with my right hand. Needless to say, it didn't work. However, it did make me a little neurotic!! I write cursive. I cannot write calligraphy, but I consider anyone who can lucky AND talented!
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
27 Jul 08
What a shame that ever happened! My great uncle used to tell the teacher, when she would tell him to put that pencil in his right hand, that he will as soon as he is finished writing with it!
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• United States
27 Jul 08
Hello olivemai. Thanks for your supportive response. I was one of those quiet, shy, docile girls that would not have dreamed of standing up for myself, when I was in third grade. (Boy, have things changed!) That teacher was a pretty mean person. She singled out a few of us in the class that year to mistreat. I'm glad there's no more teachers like her. I think her behavior would be considered unlawful these days, at least in the public schools. Take care.
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@snowy22315 (95391)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I have terrible handwriting. I have always printed if i wanted someone to read what I ahve written. I can make it legiible if need be, but it takes awhile to do this. I like using the computer becasue I can type and no one needs to read my terrible handwriting. I wish that I could write more legibly but I dont think at age 50 it's going to happen.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I like that about the computer too! My only problem is trying to type too quickly and once in a while the word comes out spelled backward!
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@Verity (851)
26 Jul 08
Everyone of us has a different attitude or different lifestyle, the same with writing. Since writing is essential, we see to it that our strokes are readable but there are others who, even if they did their best to improve their penmanship, the same it fails. Seemed you have a misled discussion. What proof are you seeking?
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Just proof of your handwriting or penmanship. I know that a lot can be said about a persons writing style. I just wanted to see if someone had really nice penmanship and if they wanted to add an image.
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@movicont (495)
• United States
26 Jul 08
When I print I tend to do it pretty well. If I'm going for speed though (which is often), it tends to get sloppier, but never to the point where even I can't decipher it. My cursive is excruciatingly slow, as I rarely ever use it. Supposedly it's faster than print, but I end up mangling my letters and going back to correct them, which takes more time.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
26 Jul 08
My penmanship is readable, just a little bubbly shaped but pretty good. I have to space my letters though. If I don't it looks like everything is running together. I have not used a calligraphy pen before, always wanted to try but have not used one. So I don't know how that would look. I have no problem typing, writing is fine if I take my time. But if I write to fast it's really messy. My cursive is not that bad, bubbly but i have to really take my time. Or it will look like chicken scratch. Nothing to attach as of what it looks like. Have a good one.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
26 Jul 08
My writing is horrible. Especially cursive writing. It used to be good, then I had a job that I had to do soooo much writing for that I got sloppy. My signature is the worst thing I write now. You can't even read it. And I write very small which doesn't help matters. When I print it isn't too bad. I should print everything..lol.
@GardenGerty (124384)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I can print nicely, but again, I am not up to the textbook standards. For awhile we were teaching our kids D'Nealian, and that form has moved into my printing. I think it looks nice. It is a little curvy and slanted, but manuscript not cursive, none the less.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
sunnflr, I'm the same way, I write my signature like I'm signing an autograph, why am I in such a hurry?
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
26 Jul 08
LOL I don't know in your case. With me, after doing it for 4 years it was hard to break the habit.
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@bunnybon7 (46428)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Jul 08
i write terrible and i type with one pick finger! lol. my writing is so bad that the other day i could not read something on my store list. lol. my daughter actually could read it. must be because shes been reading it so long. but its pretty bad when you cant read your own writing.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
That is bad, maybe you should text your shopping list to your daughter.
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@beeeckie (803)
• United States
26 Jul 08
My penmanship is not very good. As a straight-A (with Bs in math) student in elementary school, my penmanship grade was a consistent C. My writing skills are good, especially when I pause to proofread. (The internet does not count!) My penmanship grew even worse when I developed tendonitis a couple of years ago! Ack.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Bummer about the tendonitis, you get a pass for having that to deal with.
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@celticeagle (124337)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jul 08
I write quite nicely. i used to rewrite my assignments for school. I have been told I have nice handwriting. I take pride in such things.
• United States
26 Jul 08
Cool, good penmanship always gets noticed.
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@Hatley (164180)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Jul 08
hi gitfiddleplayer no my penmanshipt is awful,I write cursive,but cannot do calligraphy although i wish I could as it is just beautiful if done right. nope I can write my name so done need an x thank you. No I do type better than I do my handwriting but I can make a fairly decent paper if I try really 'hard. My son prints and it looks just beautiful.
@callarse1 (4787)
• United States
16 Aug 08
It's okay--I write pen pal letters. I don't write in cursive, just in print. If you want we can be pen pals and you can see how my handwriting is. I've seen some terrible writing so I can read pretty much anything! Hm, I don't think I can attach proof, but if you like we can start writing letters to each other :D. What do you say?
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• United States
17 Aug 08
Sure, send me your address in a PM.
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@the52poet (126)
• United States
26 Jul 08
My penmanship was once very elegant, and I did many of my poems in calligraphy. Now my eyesight has become so bad that I can no longer do calligraphy, unless you want it on a billboard, and my penmanship is barely passable. I love to see beautiful flowing handwriting. I have yet to reach my alotted post count for attaching anything to a post but letters, or I would attach a small yellowing portion of my early calligraphy.
• United States
26 Jul 08
That's okay, keep responding to my silly posts and you'll be at 500 in no time. :)
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
I have two kinds of penmanship being used, the manuscript and cursive style.But I used them in purpose. If I was writing a report manually, I do it better with manuscript.But if I was on the meeting and need to write something faster, I used the cursive style but all of these are readable even by others.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I spent a few years in the legal field and I had to write shorthand a few times. Glad to know that you have two types of writing in your arsenal.
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@GardenGerty (124384)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I can write rather nicely I am told. Not quite up to the standards they are using in third grade, though. My writing has too much of its own personality. I cannot write calligraphy, but I could learn to, given half a chance. If I wanted to. My daughter does a wonderful job of it.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I love calligraphy, its so dated but it looks so neat.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Mine has not been very good since I was in school! I always received a mark that indicated improvement was needed. I cannot even read my own handwriting at times! I could print but that does take a lot longer.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
26 Jul 08
I never had good penmanship. I can write so someone can read it, but it is not that pretty. I also broke my left wrist (I am a leftie) and now I cannot write that long without it hurting. I sign my name with a shortened signature for those business and stores that know me, and the clerks that recognize me, but the others, I will write my whole name out as on the back of my credit card.
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@saundyl (9791)
• Canada
26 Jul 08
Mine sucks half the time i go back to read a note i wrote and I cant read it. I find i'm more apt to type something out rather than write it down. I cant write calligraphy either - my sister learnt and it looks so nice.
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@ruby222 (4848)
26 Jul 08
My writing can be a bit hit and miss!!but I dont write as in joined up!!I just print and I always have done,everyone says its small and neat,quite unlike me!!lolol..but some people have a natural flaIR for writing,and its good to see good handwriting.A lady who I knew..im afraid she is no longer with us,she wrote beautifully,in a copper plate type writing,so elegant.My father was a wonderful writer,and he illuminated bible plates and he did a lot of work with his pens.He went on a course to be taught to use gold leaf,and what an art that is to be able to put that on properly,I once had to trace a creat out for him,it was amazing and he painted the crest and applied his leaf .so clever..Two of my kids write in school teachers italics,and lol my other daughter she writes in egyptian!!!but lol as long as I can understand hr thats all that matters!!Im a left hander,and so is hubby,yet all of the kids are right handed!!
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• United States
26 Jul 08
What a great legacy you have.
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@ruby222 (4848)
26 Jul 08
Like everyone there are things that have been good in our lifetime!!
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@Gorcon (320)
• United States
27 Jul 08
My handwriting is terrible. But when I actually sit down and concentrate I can get it to be okay and legible. When I take notes in class however, that's when it gets ugly. I always have to type my notes after class, b/c it gets frustrating for even me to read them. But I guess it's a win-win situation for me, it allows me to review my notes and also have a soft copy of the notes I can send to friends.
• United States
27 Jul 08
I've always said, I'm not a good writer but I'm a great rewriter.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
My penmanship is awesome. Must be that Catholic school I went to! Now I write half cursive/half manuscript. My friend even asked me to address her wedding invitations for her because she liked my handwriting!
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Booyah!