The Buckets by Greg Cravens

The Buckets

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  1. Strod

    Strod said, 6 months 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, 6 months ago

    Jolly good of him to suggest a comprimise

  3. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, 6 months ago

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

  4. Al S.

    Al S. said, 6 months ago

    Learning cursive and continued writing in it aids in brain development.

  5. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, 6 months 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.

  6. cabalonrye

    cabalonrye said, 6 months 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.

  7. Greg Cravens

    Greg Cravens GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months 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.

  8. Psychedelic Donut

    Psychedelic Donut GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months 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.

  9. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months 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.

  10. gardenwitch347

    gardenwitch347 said, 6 months 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.

  11. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, 6 months ago

    @Greg Cravens

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

  12. Joelle Baker

    Joelle Baker said, 6 months 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.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    Typing is better than hand writing, yet you need to write on paper sometimes even if a note. I suppose printing it would work. A bit slower but can be done.

  14. Llywus42

    Llywus42 said, 6 months 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.

  15. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, 6 months ago

    Thank you Toby!

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