Heh, this takes me back. When I was in elementary school, we studied a kind of crummy “simplified” longhand, where you used a kit of a few standard strokes to (semi-legibly) form each of the letters. All I can remember is it was sometime between grades 1 and 3, which would put it circa 1985. (This was in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada.) I seldom used it — even then, a lot of my assignments were typed on the family Commodore 64, and I usually used printed letters when doing stuff by hand. I never liked using longhand as a child and people had trouble reading it when I did — hardly surprising, lack of practice will do that.
Fast forward 20-odd years, and I have made a real effort to improve the form of my printed letters, which are now MUCH nicer to look at than many others’ that I know of, at least when I’m not in a hurry. :¬) I wish I could show you folks the made-up alphabet I invented for use with English — I think you here call that a conscript, yes? — and the handwritten forms I invented for it. It was a fun exercise and really made me rethink a lot of the letterforms.
One odd thing I’ve noticed when I’m printing my letters rather than writing them longhand is that I’ll switch back and forth, often within a single word, between normally cased and small-caps lettering. This makes my tax return look more than a little eccentric… *sheepish look*
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