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Do You Hand Write Anything Anymore?  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Recently, I have noticed while writing Christmas cards, that I hardly ever hand write anything. Not since college, in 1999-2003 did I do much handwriting, and toward the later years, I began to take my laptop to class to take notes. The reason I noticed this, is because my handwriting has become terrible, and it seems that my hands have become lazy when it comes to writing.

To be honest, I think the only thing I write is the check for my car payment and the envelope it is sent in, other than signing receipts. Every other bill I do electronically or is on auto draft. I don't ever send letters, and if I need to, I type the letter, then print it off.

Do you hand write anything anymore? I clearly remember getting my first typewriter when I was about 7 and how hard it was to type, and if you made an error, oh boy. Now, I can type things so quickly that my grandmother, who actually taught typing in high school in the 1960's-80's, can't understand how I type so quickly.

What say you? Is handwriting and penmanship even going to be taught in the years to come? I will say,there is a great charm of people who have beautiful handwriting. (Not me) I can't even write my name without it looking like an 11 year old did it.


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User currently offlinewn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Letters to my daughter & on about half a dozen FDMLs a day, on average. I'm in no danger of winning any calligraphy contests...

User currently offlinetexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4291 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

I still handwrite most of my notes and my outlines to documents. I also prefer to handwrite most blog/journal/story ideas before typing them.


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6711 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1702 times:
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Every personal letter.
Every thank you note for presents, or other reasons that merit a thank you.
Every letter to express my regrets over someone losing someone.
Poetry. I just can´t type poems.

And I think that´s it. It´s been years since I´ve written a check. Personal letters, I don´t find it in good taste to type them. But yes, the majority of my writing is typed nowadays. And it´s true, my handwriting has degenerated into barely readable script, but still, I believe certain things need to be handwritten.

User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

UAL; I think it is interesting that a young person pf your generation has noticed this. In my own case, I never did have handwriting that satisfied me, and from about high-school on for quite a few years, I hand "lettered" everything, (something I picked up from a mechanical drawing class in HS); Finally, years later, I bought a very nice IBM Selectric typewriter and resolved to teach myself to type. ( this is before computers came along ) I never became very fast, but I was using all 10 fingers. ( at least my fingers kind of remembered where the keys were ) Anyway, a few years passed, and as I always did a lot of woodworking, I had a few power tools. One day while at my oldest daughter's house, she needed some small pieces of cedar cut; my radial arm saw was in her garage, as I had just built a new room onto her new home; without going into detail, I did a very foolish thing, and in just 1/100 of a second, I ended up with 1/2 of a right thumb, and 1/3 of a right index finger. ( so far, they have never grown back )

The trip to the hospital was a "comedy of errors"...........the ambulance arrived fairly timely, but they explained that they first had to return to their "garage", whatever, and upon arriving there, there was a very long "conversation" relative to.......who was going to drive the ambulance from there, to the hospital in down-town Cincinnati; this all took maybe 45 minutes or so, by which time it was now "rush hour" in Cincinnati ! I will never forget that "ride / trip" !

Finally after arriving at Cincinnati General Hospital, they wheel me in, and two young fellows came up, ( appearing to be about 20 yrs old or so ), one young fellow introduced himself as " I'm Dr. ( forget at the moment ) Anyway, my son-in-law, Fred, had the missing "pieces" all wrapped up in ice cubes, etc. and he handed them to the Doctors; they took them to ..............(where ever they take severed pieces to ); a short time later the Doctor tells me........."seldom do we see severed "parts" in such exquisite, well cared for condition ! However..........here's "the deal"; yeah, we can sew them back on; the problem being........your age;" Damn......don't tell me "old guys" get discri......"hold it he says.......you misunderstand; it's not what you think; all "re-attachment" procedures (on average) require maybe 12 to 18 months of healing, rehab, what ever, AND, best case scenario, something like 55% are failures, and we have to go back and amputate, and start all over with the whole thing ! OR......best advice.........we do a "partial" amp. right now ( just enough to have enough skin to close up the "end", and you will be back to work in 30 days ! Who would ever have thought it ! I have been extraordinarily lucky all my life, in that the very finest the medical profession has to offer, seem to always "be there" when I need them the most ! As it turned out, these two "young guys" were the two best hand surgeons of this century ! EVERYTHING worked, exactly as explained; 30 days later I was ready to go back to work;
had a bit of a problem with Complete Auto Transport though; "sorry Charley, gotta have all your fingers to load and unload cars ! Gotta have a release from the Company Doctor, ( and he works for us ) Well, 2 more Doctors and the Teamster's lawyer settled that B/S VERY QUICKLY ! I went back to work, became the only 8-fingered car hauler in recent times, and retired 6 or 7 yrs later ! However...........

By this time, and I suppose because of all the "confusion", all of my 8 remaining fingers had by now completely forgotten where all those letters and numbers are, on all these damned little keys; so now, I'm back to an odd mixture of "hunt & peck", as far as typing is concerned;

Probably the craziest thing of all is, because of the way I am "obliged" to hold a pen in my right hand, it looks really "bizarre"; even crazier is...........my handwriting has for some strange reason, actually improved quite a bit ! But I don't use it that much.

I don't know if I should tell you this or not; you may think I "tend" to type "long" replies; guess what.........necessity is the mother of invention folks ! I need all the practice I can get !

Great thread UAL !

And Happy New Year to everyone !


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13132 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Not since college, in 1999-2003 did I do much handwriting, and toward the later years, I began to take my laptop to class to take notes.

I can write faster than I can type, so I also bring a notepad with me to important meetings along with my laptop. Seems no one has figured out that if I don't bring a notepad to a meeting I don't think the meeting is very important!  

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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13257 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

Some basic notes to self, notes at meetings, work assignment notes and some personal items and notes is about it. Everything else is either typed up on the 'puter or an e-mail.

User currently offlineblrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

I was thinking about the same the other day. There are days when I go without writing anything! If I need to note down something, I just save it as a file in my computer or mail it to myself so that i remember it.

The only things I write these days are addresses on envelopes(becoming rare as i pay most bills online), grocery lists, and if I need to write down some stuff when there isn't a computer nearby  

User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

I'm in High School, so I write at least 10 pages of notes everyday from all of my classes. I am quite proud of my penmanship (after 6 years of training back in the Philippines and sometimes getting hit by the ruler when you show sloppiness) IIRC, when I was in first grade, I got into some kind of trouble and I had to write my name over and over again for 10 pages or until it was perfect...but it gets sloppy when I get tired of course. When I usually do my written assignments at home... it's usually typed, it's just way easier and if I create any mistakes, I could just easily erase it.

Right after long vacation breaks, especially after summer vacation, my handwriting is very sloppy 


[Edited 2011-12-31 22:39:59]

It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3190 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

I still hand write a few things, any thing more than about 100 words is typed.

I added some hand written notes to some Christmas cards I sent out.
I still write cheques about 5 a months, you can't just transfer funds to everyone just yet.
I still write my customers orders.
Phone call messages.
Checking off product when goods are received or when a stock take is done, some parts I still have hand written notes.

So I still hand write a fair bit.

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User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Only welcome notes for VIP customers. Other than that, not a thing. Not even my own meeting notes.

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2024 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Haha...yeah we always use the computers to type the letters a lot.

There's one thing I find it difficult to spell the words by handwriting. I do know how to spell the words correctly on the digital screen without using spell checker. However, handwriting is hard. I don't know why my hand forgot how to spell the words correctly.

In the future, we may have to use a finger to spell the words on the screen! Nowaday, lots of chinese people use finger to write chinese characters on ipad. That's really cool! Not many chinese people like to type the characters/lines as it's so hard to remember which one that fits into another character. Do you know what i mean?

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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8089 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

A bit in highschool and college. Wrote a ton of letters in basic training for obvious reasons, and will be writing quite a few more in OCS. But when I'm in civilization I'll type letters. Looks nicer and still personal IMO (versus sending a generic card)

Now cursive on the other hand, never do that except for signing!

Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26326 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Ever less it seems each year.

Its actually come to the point where my penmanship has definitely slipped and now when I need to hand write, I must think more about it, and concentrate if it needs to be something formal or anything more than a random note to myself.

Such are the times I guess.

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Always find writing in a pocket book to be faster than on a smart phone....

Then theres always the personal effect to cards  

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20636 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

Little things, sure. Never big things. But forms, notes to self, the occasional prescription (they're mostly electronic), my shopping list (maybe when I get Siri it will make sense to manage my shopping list on my phone, but typing it in on a smartphone just makes the whole thing a pain).

User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2820 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Hand-writing is a boon. Handwriting forces you to condense the contents of the lecture, for example. You learn to keep the lecture's contents a clear and concise manner, you learn to accentuate more important things (bigger "font", all capital letters, markings with a highlighter or different colors, and mind maps).

All this because you can't keep a verbatim record of the lecture. Learning stenography is the only alternative.

I've written 3-5 sheets of notes per 45 minutes of lecture.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 3):
Every personal letter.
Every thank you note for presents, or other reasons that merit a thank you.
Every letter to express my regrets over someone losing someone.
Poetry. I just can´t type poems.

I would add notes and journals to it. When I'm doing any project - be it the preparation of a hiking tour or my scientific stuff - I love to maintain handwritten journals. In a left, narrow column I note the date, with s I mark stuff I have completed, with Os I mark stuff I still have to complete (the O is a checkbox).

[Edited 2012-01-03 01:55:14]

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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8094 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1374 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I write is the check for my car payment and the envelope it is sent in

I surprised you still have cheques, everything I do now is a automated payment over using online banking, I don't even think it's possible to use a cheque in Norway.

User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2908 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

I still hand write some things:
> Holiday cards
> Thank You cards
> Checks (yes, I still prefer using checks when I can, which I know is odd for someone my age)
> I take a lot of notes in meetings and class at work that I hand write
> Shopping list
> ....and of course my "dear dummy" notes reminding me to do things LOL!


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2844 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):

Do you hand write anything anymore?

Interesting perspective. As a professional that works a lot in public meetings, the last thing I want to hear during a meeting is someone typing on a computer. I'm a heavy keystroke typer and take a lot of hard copy notes. Many of them I later transfer to an electronic format.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 5):
I can write faster than I can type, so I also bring a notepad with me to important meetings along with my laptop.

I'm the opposite. I type an order of magnitude faster than I write! But, I still write them out. As MD is about to say below me, I do however "print" the non-cursive letters for almost...well everything I do except signing something like a check or contract. My penmanship is really, really good when I print, but sucks when I do cursive. I hope cursive dies outside of signatures.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 12):
Now cursive on the other hand, never do that except for signing!
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
Little things, sure. Never big things. But forms, notes to self, the occasional prescription (they're mostly electronic)

Interesting. I didn't know you could do electronic prescriptions, mostly because I never asked. Coincidentally, the Mrs. is at a training session today because they're moving to electronic charting at her hospital.

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User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3691 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Most of my notes in meetings and while I work are handwritten. My grocery list is also handwritten.

I'd like to have more opportunities to hand-write, I feel like I am getting bad at it, especially when writing in Greek, which I rarely use in written form nowadays.

User currently offlineNorthwest727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

I still print everyday (I am a CFI, filling out logbooks and endorsements everyday), but as for cursive, I have not done that since I was probably an 8th grader in school, other than signatures.

User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

A friend of mine and I enjoy doing the handwritten-letter thing, so that's probably the only place I use cursive anymore. I still write out little things I can't be bothered to format on the computer, but so much is done by email now even that seems to be dwindling...

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User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3749 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

I handwrite all notes sent to clients...unless its email, in which case there's only one option

I like the handwritten thank you notes though over email...they definitely get the point across

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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

I'm on a training course at the moment and hand writing my notes.

I have noticed that I have started spelling things wrong when hand writing, but am fine when typing. I've never had problems with spelling in my life, in fact I was always top of my class when it came to spelling. Now I am finding myself spelling basic words wrong. I'm convinced it's because I spend my entire life typing and not writing. Either that or it's because I'm getting on a bit now  

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Back when I was in high school, my parents made me take a typing class. The reason was "we're not paying some student $3.00 per page to type your crap for you, you can do it yourself." (1965)

Well actually, as far as usefulness goes, it was probably the most useful class I ever took, with the coming of computers you know.

I hand write Christmas cards, but fewer and fewer people seem to be sending them out anymore. So best of luck to anyone who receives one from me. Hard as I try, my handwriting is terrible at best.

I haven't written a check in probably 5 years. All my bill paying is done through the computer and I use my debit card for most all in-store purchases. So it's a really rare day when I have to hand write something.

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