Handwriting is dying?

At least that’s what this report here says.

“When your great-great-grandchildren find that letter of yours in the attic, they’ll have to take it to a specialist, an old guy at the library who would decipher the strange symbols for them,” says Ms Florey, author of the newly-published Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting.

Personally, I don’t really believe so.  Looking at examples of handwritings from the page above, it seems more like handwriting is evolving.

Here’s some. King Henry VIII (circa 1530):

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Jane Austen, 1816:

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Lewis Carroll, 1864:

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Winston Churchill 1900s:

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Of course these are just anecdotal examples. But I doubt just anyone can read Shakespeare’s handwriting from half millenium ago without expert assistance.

As the advent of technology goes, keyboards are much more favoured than pens. So perhaps it is just natural that future generation will likely be able to read handwritings which only mimic familiar fonts. But maybe that’s what our handwriting will evolve into… Legible letters instead of joined-up scripts.

I, for one, welcome that.

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