Does Penmanship Still Count?

We type on the keyboard and now and then pick up a pen for a quick note. Not so long ago we were more likely to hand write than pull out a typewriter to bang out a note on that keyboard. Older typewriters require some force behind fingers.

I miss hand writing. I keep noticing how much less controlled and sloppy looking my handwriting is becoming. Does handwriting still matter to anyone? Did you know schools are not teaching cursive writing any longer? My niece told me about this and asked me to teach her how to write. How strange will the world be when the generation of young people comes who are no longer taught how to write, or print, at all?

You may laugh and think this is silly… but in my generation I won penmanship awards for my cursive script writing. That wasn’t so long ago, considering I’m still far from being a century old.

Letter Writers Alliance: Penmanship Pointers

Paperpenalia: Tips to Improve your Handwriting

How do you Know if you Have It?

From Jade Walker: Writing prompt: Make up a new phobia.

I found The Phobia List so you can check what is already there. A lot are taken. I think to create a new one you have to be really way far out there. In fact, you probably shouldn’t check your ideas off against this list. It’s too likely it will already be there. With Wiktionary you can find the latiny form for your fear word. (Latiny isn’t really a word, but it communicates well in this instance).

  • Dracophobia – The fear of dragons. (It actually wasn’t on the list, imagine that!)
  • Grammarphobia – The fear of using (or not using) proper grammar.
  • Penophobia – The fear of modern pens versus old fashioned quills.
  • Caffephobia – Fear of coffee.
  • Lattephobia – Fear of lattes. (Of course).

Now that I’ve begun to scare you… here are some real phobias (related to writing) which I found on the list:

  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
  • Sesquipedalophobia- Fear of long words.
  • Logophobia- Fear of words.
  • Verbophobia- Fear of words.
  • Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
  • Graphophobia- Fear of writing or handwriting.
  • Scriptophobia- Fear of writing in public.
  • Xenoglossophobia- Fear of foreign languages.
  • Papyrophobia- Fear of paper.
  • Bibliophobia- Fear of books.

The Handwriting Meme

For the Handwriting Meme from Sanni-licious. I found the meme on Comedy Plus. Here are the rules from Sanni-licious.

1.) Go ahead, get a piece of paper and a pen. Prepared? Okay!
2.) Write a pangram* in your language. Sign your paper with your first name or your nickname (not your signature!!!). You can also include your blog URl if you want to.
3.) Take a picture.
4.) Post it on your blog! Leave a comment here (or a trackback) once you have posted.
5.) Link back and tag – don’t be shy!

Yes, it is that simple!