The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn for November 20, 2019


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    wldhrsy2luv  over 1 year ago

    It is now used as a secret code by the ancient ones.

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    Ink blot Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Cursive was necessary for writing with pen and liquid ink — to avoid ink blots. (Yes, yes, I know, I know — no need to say anything.) It became obsolete when the ball-point pen was invented. We just didn’t realize it, for a few decades.

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    juncarlo  over 1 year ago

    Now we return to the hieroglyphs, only that they are called emoticons.

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    SHIVA  over 1 year ago

    No school teaches Penmanship these days. A shame!!

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I still take notes in cursive. Not very neat, but legible. My lady friend has the most beautiful handwriting i’ve ever seen. It’s almost a lost art.

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    gammaguy  over 1 year ago

    By the way, how many schools teach spelling any more?

    I remember spelling bees in class. (I won a few.)

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    gammaguy  over 1 year ago

    “Before 1989” was “ancient times”. I must be prehysteric. 8^o

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    Mugens Premium Member over 1 year ago

    This particular strip is so on point its downright scary.

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    dlkrueger33  over 1 year ago

    My Dad (born in the 1920s) had the most beautiful penmanship. Even as an old man. Me? It was artistically beautiful when I was young. Now? From arthritis in my hands and also from lack of practice (I type everything), I have lost it. It’s sloppy and illegible. Writing IS something that takes practice to master and I fear our young people will never get that opportunity. Not that they seem to care. LOL. -———-Also, studies have shown that taking notes BY HAND in class helps one remember the subject matter better than TYPING notes on a keyboard. Interesting!

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    I learned with an inkwell and pen. I was devastated when they stopped teaching cursive in school. ( it’s back in the curriculum in Ohio) Cursive is a form of personalized art, showing ones flare and personality, and expression! It is definitely a must! Also, I want a real typewriter! I hate keyboards.

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    Pseudandry  over 1 year ago

    Sanskrit is a language not a form of writing

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    osceola  over 1 year ago

    Notice no one is taking notes.

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    Jack Bell Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I always write in cursive. Not only for speed, but it is more legible than my printing. It’s not my fault if people can’t read it. I’m not responsible for their education.

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    pcolli  over 1 year ago

    Now if only we could abandon Roman numerals.

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    Nuliajuk  over 1 year ago

    More like 1999. Earlier for me because I worked in drafting and did block lettering all day long on drawings. I eventually forgot how to do cursive and ended up with a weird hybrid between the two.

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    Amra Leo  over 1 year ago

    My wife used to be a calligrapher at Current, Inc.

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    iggyman  over 1 year ago

    Cursive was the main way of writing back in the day!

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    Nate England  over 1 year ago

    I think you’re about 20 years off there, buddy. We used cursive all the way through college. It didn’t become obsolete until kids started getting their own cellphones at 5 and texting became the standard form of communication.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Why does anybody still require signatures on checks or contracts? Nobody can read them any more anyway, and most of them could as easily have been signed by a baboon as a human. How can they possibly be taken as proof that a particular person agreed to something?

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    khmo  over 1 year ago

    I survived the Palmer Method with but a few scars (thanks to metal edged rulers).

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    Rogers George Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Ancient Greeks did this too! They called it boustrephadon (oxen plowing) because they reversed the direction of the writing on each line.

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    Gameguy49 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I include a quick cursive “Thank you” in all my eBay sales. I’m likely wasting my time but not as much as I’d be wasting if I had to print it.

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    WCraft Premium Member over 1 year ago

    As a teacher I can tell you this is so true- but in fairness I only use it when writing a check…

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    rush.diana  over 1 year ago

    I use it to write out checks, my grocery list and when I send out cards and letters. Yes, I still have several penpals that I communicate with using actual pen, paper and an envelope.

    I use a pen and paper all throughout the day. So much easier than taping on these damn screens.

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    b.m.razzilla  over 1 year ago

    My girlfriend is a pharmacist and she said that my handwriting was the worst she’s ever seen…and that was on a love letter to her…

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    hda2z Premium Member over 1 year ago

    cannot print to save my life but for me cursive is a life saver. ever look at people who have to sign something for a living? not printed Love to look at the prez’s scribble

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    namelocdet  over 1 year ago

    All that practice I put in learning cursive as a kid… smh

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    marilynnbyerly  over 1 year ago

    These days, mobile phones have created a new way of writing. No punctuation, symbols and letter abbreviations in place of words, and no paragraphs. I call it word vomit.

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    Lablubber   over 1 year ago

    Cursive, foiled again.

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    betseytacy  over 1 year ago

    I am left-handed and I have NEVER had a problem with smearing ink regardless of the writing instrument I’m using.The reason is that I was taught to turn my paper so that the top was to the right. That way when I write, my hand never comes in contact with what I have just written. I see too many lefties who are writing “uphill” which is the cause of the smearing problem. They should rotate their paper to the right!

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    Prawnclaw  over 1 year ago

    Way beyond me after 3 beers.

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    chromosome Premium Member over 1 year ago

    If I don’t like something, I can respond to it on cursive:

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  over 1 year ago

    There are 14 States that Require Cursive Writing, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I started public school in the early 1990s and we learned cursive handwriting. Maybe he means 1999 or 2009?

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    comicaluser  over 1 year ago

    I remember eons ago when a teacher — a teacher— once told me ‘cursive’ is not a word! That was an odd day.

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    MichaelMcGinnis1  over 1 year ago

    Cursive is secret writing kids can’t read

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    Jonathan Rose Premium Member about 1 year ago

    I write only in capital letters (or is that capitol?).

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