Handwriting (or, Let Me Peek at Your Notes)

I’ve always loved looking at people’s handwriting.  I don’t know why, but it fascinates me that we all learn to write letters the same way, and still our words come out looking so completely different.  If you catch me looking at your notes in class, it’s not because I’m trying to copy, it’s because I’m looking at your handwriting.

When I was younger, we subscribed to American Girl magazine, and that was my first introduction to the quiz “What does your handwriting show about your personality?”  I don’t know how much merit those quizzes actually have, but I love personality tests, so I ate it right up.  If I remember correctly, the fact that my handwriting tends to slant left means I’m reserved, which is true.  But the big bubbly letters mean I’m friendly — which I am, once I get to know you.

I’ve wanted to write about handwriting since I started posting regularly, but wasn’t quite sure what to say about it, so I was thrilled when I found this post.  I don’t do blogging tags very often, but this was a win-win for me, because I got to put together an easy post during finals week over something I actually did want to write about.  Thank you, blogging world!

Handwriting Tag Rules

  1. Write your name
  2. Write your blog’s name
  3. Write your favorite word and its definition
  4. Write something nice
  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now
  6. What are you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself
  8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon
  9. Write a silly message
Featuring my cracked iPhone lens



  1. Something I’ve noticed while grading college freshmen’s exams – why is it that women have more legible handwriting, even with math problems? Every paper I grade from males age 17-22 is borderline illegible in Roman alphabet to the point where it starts to resemble Tibetan script, and this complaint is coming from someone whose penmanship is atrocious already.

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