[photo-a-day: february 20]

[photo-a-day: february 20]

I like looking at people’s handwriting (which is one of the reasons I like Michael Perkins’ blog HandWritten).

Personally, I’ve got about 5 different types of handwriting (although I guess there’s more since my Russian / Ukrainian handwriting is different from English… my English is neater).

Does your handwriting changes from a situation to situation? Do you have just one way of writing you stick to?

For me, if I liked a subject at the class, my handwriting was nearly perfect. I wrote in block letters and it was neat and organized.

When I didn’t like the subject, my handwriting depended on the kind of notebook I had. If the paper was nice and pleasant to touch, that improved my writing skills. If I did not like the class and I didn’t like the notebook I was writing in… my handwriting showed that too.

Back in middle school, I experimented with different handwriting. I would observe other people, for example my friends or family (my cousin has the neatest cursive handwriting ever!) and try to copy them. As a result, my cursive handwriting right now is a mixture of observances. Sometimes it’s funny – for example, there are a couple of ways I write the letter “a” and the letter “e” – and I can have different types of those letters in the same word!

Handwriting can also depend whether I’m writing on plain paper, lined, or squared. Different line height also demands different handwriting.

There was time when I wrote the letters slanted to the left, sometimes to the right. Usually, it’s straight.

I wonder if those people who study handwriting can tell me anything about myself (besides the fact that I adjust to the situation)…

But back to photo of the day.

Once I walked into our office kitchen and saw the scene.

There was a bottle with birch juice (don’t know if it is available in the US) with a Post-It note stuck to it.

“Birch juice. Good for your health.”

Next to it was an orange juice carton with another Post-It note.

“Orange juice. Pointless for your health. Drink birch juice.”

Granted, the handwriting above is not mine (I wish I came up with that idea) – considering the handwriting, it actually came from two different people. However, the idea was great.

  • Never heard of birch juice. But I do like orange juice too!

    Speaking of handwriting… I had a friend who wrote perfect in ancient Greek. Too bad that serves no practical purpose. =)

    • I guess the proper term is birch sap

      Perfect Greek – actually that can be useful if s/he ever decides to study Slavic languages. The guys who invented Slavic language (well, those who invented a written form of the spoken Slavic) were two Greek guys – Cyril (that’s where Cyrillic comes from) and Methodius. As a result, Cyrillic alphabet is very similar to Greek (which helps me because I can read it… don’t understand most of it, but I can read it)

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