Apparently it's a dying art.
I'm trying to decide whether I'm sad to see it go.
Being a child of the 70's, learning cursive was a rite of passage for me in school and I took it very seriously. Back then, I understood that I was a child, the world was designed for adults, and my entire job as a child was to learn all the skills that I would need to function as an adult in an adult world.
It just made sense. I never questioned or resented it.
And cursive was just another adult skill. Or as one commenter put it: "[Cursive] USED TO INDICATE a certain amount of discipline and intelligence. Ya know? Like, for sure, English grammer?"
From a practical standpoint, with the ubiquity of keyboards and computers, cursive has lost some of its necessity as a useful tool. Mostly these days, people type - whether to write letters or take notes. For what few analog writing tasks remain, block printing is no less effective, efficient, legible, or practical than script.
But it IS less elegant. It's common, dull, and childish-looking.
Let the world abandon it. I probably won't notice. But like knowing Latin, musical notation, or html coding, I'll keep embracing my knowledge and mastery of script as a quaint elitist quirk that makes me better - in certain ways - than people who don't know it.
Because I *do* so enjoy feeling smug and superior when it's warranted.
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