The Buckets by Greg Cravens

The Buckets

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  1. Strod

    Strod said, over 2 years ago

    I confess I didn’t know that was the origin of cursive writing. But it does make a lot of sense.
    And I’m glad that for once Toby was made to look smart.

  2. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Jolly good of him to suggest a comprimise

  3. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I learned cursive in school, like everybody else did back then, but I’ve lost the ability to write that way.

  4. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, over 2 years ago

    I learned cursive then joined the military and went to block print. Now my poor handwriting suffers from multiple personality disorder and goes back and forth from print/cursive/block print. It is horrible I type now.

  5. cabalonrye

    cabalonrye said, over 2 years ago

    It would be nice if it was true, but cursive was simply a shortcut from the official and stately gothic or other lettering. It allowed people to write way faster on documents that weren’t legal, religious, political… So it was used in private, or by merchants. As more people learned to write it became the norm.
    OK, I admit that caligraphy is one of my hobbies.

  6. Greg Cravens

    Greg Cravens GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I learned cursive, like everyone else, and then learned to type, and then learned drafting, and then learned comic strippering. I can technically still write cursive, but only in a ’doctor’s handwriting’ crippled sort of way that’s neither faster nor better. Sorry if you don’t agree with the blotting story. It’s what I was taught when I learned to ink and draw with dip pens. And it’s technically accurate information, even if it’s not the actual impetus for the creation of cursive writing. I still think it’s the actual impetus, of course. It’s what I learned.

  7. Psychedelic Donut

    Psychedelic Donut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Modern cursive English is derived from cursive medieval Latin, which itself was inspired by Arabic. In any case, today’s strip was wonderful on several levels.

  8. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar said, over 2 years ago

    I can’t remember whether cursive was taught in 3rd grade, or that’s when I was forced to learn it (I wasn’t enrolled in school until the end of the 2nd grade). I do remember it being one of the harder things for me to learn. I’m torn on the question of whether it should still be taught. So much of my education has been useless to me as an adult. I do wish I had been taught shorthand instead of cursive. Much harder to learn, but being able to write at the speed of dictation would be useful to me even now.

  9. gardenwitch347

    gardenwitch347 said, over 2 years ago

    Do what i do…I print-write or is it write-print? Some letter come ou as printing and some like cursive. I don’t think it matters as long as it’s legible.

  10. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, over 2 years ago

    @Greg Cravens

    “Comic strippering” sounds vaguely risque. I like it!

  11. Joelle Baker

    Joelle Baker said, over 2 years ago


    I agree that’s how I write and yet my sons were taught only cursive in school and can’t print today plus their cursive is horrible.

  12. Llywus42

    Llywus42 said, over 2 years ago

    Ditto what mdcdjg2008 said, except it wasn’t the military that forbade cursive, rather an 8th grade teacher. Now even I have a hard time reading my daily writing.
    Yet my calligraphy is beautiful and I do several scripts with ease. And yes, I do use a quill for calligraphy, and iron gall ink I make myself.

  13. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 2 years ago

    Thank you Toby!

  14. calliopejane

    calliopejane GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Me too, gardenwitch, a combo sort of print-writing. Most people’s handwriting evolves over the years; my mom’s the only person I know whose writing stayed just like the handwriting manual we used in school. At one point I tried to determine what “rules” my brain was using for which letters to print vs cursive-write, which sometimes depends on where the letter is in a word, what’s next to it (I’m a psychologist, always interested in how the brain works). I figured out that I’d evolved a method even faster than pure cursive, at least for me (now that we have pens that don’t blot!):

    Whenever the stroke that basically completes the letter-form ends with a leftward stroke, such that a reversal of direction and/or a bit of retracing would be necessary to make the ligature to the next letter (p, for example), I just pick up the pen and skip to the start of the new letter. Same for when the strokes necessary to define a letterform require some over-tracing in cursive to get to the beginning point for drawing the letter (like d or t). I also usually dot i’s and cross t’s immediately after making that letter — the small-motor-movement of breaking my writing flow to cross a “t” immediately takes up less time than the larger motor movement of moving my whole hand leftward after reaching the end of the word (however, if the word is very short, or the t/i is very close to the end of it, then I’m likely to let the crossing/dotting wait til I finish the word).

    I found this a fascinating example of my brain moving toward greater efficiency without any conscious effort or intent. Our brains work for efficiency in all sorts of ways all the time, of course, but it’s rare that we can so clearly see its logic and process in doing so.

  15. calliopejane

    calliopejane GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Also, although I don’t see the need for spending so much time in school on learning to make perfect letterforms, children really do need to learn cursive well enough to at least be able to read it. I know a couple of kids who go to a school where cursive is not taught, and they can’t even read the birthday cards they get from Grandma!

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