National Handwriting Day

Today is National Handwriting Day

Handwriting refers to a person’s unique style of writing characters created with a writing utensil such as a pen or pencil. Handwriting is separate from calligraphy or typeface.

Because each person’s handwriting is unique, it can be used to verify a document’s writer. The deterioration of a person’s handwriting is also a symptom or result of certain diseases. Even identical twins write differently. A person’s handwriting is also relatively stable and changes little over time. Because handwriting is relatively stable, a change in the handwriting can be indicative of the nervousness or intoxication of the writer.

Handwriting that is hard to read or unreadable due to the deformity, or illegibility of characters is commonly called worst. A common stereotype is that doctors have bad handwriting. According to Time, doctors’ sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually.

To celebrate National Handwriting Day, I wrote a letter to my grandparents (Jade Rachel’s parents) who live in Wales. They don’t have emails so it’s the only real way to keep in touch with them. I got some fun stationery from them for Christmas so it was nice to use it, and glittery gel pens too. I thanked them for my Christmas presents, told them about Christmas holiday from school, a bit about the new Star Wars film, and about my 7 goals for 2016.

Writing a handwritten letter was one of my 101 Things In 1001 Days so I’ve been able to cross another item off the list! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I was surprised to read about handwriting being fairly stable, and I’m not sure . . . I feel that my handwriting from high school and now is pretty different LOL. My printing looks different and so does my cursive. I also notice that the longer I write in one sitting, the messier my writing becomes. I have to take many breaks in between if I want my writing to stay pretty neat XD;;

    Anyway, it’s great you wrote a letter ๐Ÿ™‚ Handwritten letters are definitely more personal than emails. My friend and I exchange a letterbook at least once a year!


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