Cursive Writing

There is a potential storm brewing on the horizon. With the advent of texting, writing emails, twitter messaging, etc., none of the lettering is in cursive. We pre-millenials saw writing in cursive as a rite of passage, much as learning to drive, although of course later in childhood. We initially laboriously copied thousands of letters, both lower case and upper case, and were required to become expert in making a legible word of these letters, and heaven help us if we used a combination of upper and lower case letters in the same word (but this is commonplace now)! I have even seen words with letters that appear more than once, and one time the letter is written in lower case and the next as an upper case letter, in the same word! Of course, I am not including the first word of a sentence, a proper noun, or acronyms. I hope you know what an acronym is. The letter that is most frequently used incorrectly is that of the letter i. A lower case ‘i’ is dotted (has a period above the letter), while an upper case ‘i’ should NEVER be ‘dotted!’ But I digress.

The intent of this post is to decry the loss of the ability to write in cursive, and I hear it is not taught in grammar school any more. Cursive letters are much more attractive than printed writing, so this is a great artistic loss. Remember those beautiful flourishing lettered words of old literature? And cursive writing allows a great deal more speed in writing  sentences than when printing them. Recently my wife went to a physician’s office, and was required to sign her name in CURSIVE, and printing her name on a separate line. I assume to confirm her age if she could write in both cursive and printing styles. So what will millenials do when they can no longer write in cursive form and need to sign a legal document?

There is a bright side to this problem, however. When we oldsters are ensconced in a nursing home by our children who do not wish to be burdened by us any longer, we can write notes to each other and write our memoirs. The younger generation will think we are writing in code!