Why Britain Made a Change to Vertical Handwriting

Dilemmas of an Expat Tutor

Examining older samples of British writing (1800s, and much of the pre-WWII writing), the British handwriting of that time was slanted to the right (as were cursive scripts in most European countries).  Now, most British writing is vertical.  How and when did this change come about?

Reading this 1925 letter written by A. N. Palmer, developer of the Palmer Method of handwriting, the actual preferred slant used to be a very precise 52°.  Mention of the precise 52° angle is also made in this 1893 article (see p. 87 at this link)  which argues for an introduction of vertical, unslanted writing.  Today, an ideal slant is considered to be between 60° and 75°.

In Britain, in the early 1890’s, Professor John Jackson introduced vertical writing, which he felt had superior legibility, and was easier for students to learn.  Examiners began to require it in all branches of…

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Really, really, brief update/notice

Hi all/Journal,


SO. It has been quite a long while. The longest I’ve gone since starting this blog properly, not posting. Well, there are lots of things I want to post. Now, I just need to get typing and work out a schedule/rough idea of what I want to write, when.

A lot has happened.

I think that is a big big understatement. Politically; worldwide (World War…One and Two, anyone remember them?), economically (can anyone say ‘Brexit’?), socially – on a personal level, things have gotten crazy in a different way, I am beginning to conceptualise that being busy is always going to be busy and I know it’s about ‘making time’, I know that. I do. What happened to me was…busy on an internal scale, you know? So that has been…It’s been hard. I’m still working through it – but it’s like trying to catch fog with my bare hands (almost a quote to Harry Potter).

Fabulous Find – Free NaNoWriMo Workbook Downloads for Elementary, Middle, and High School!

I changed computer and forgot what this workbook was called; could not find it anywhere! thankfully Good Intentions posted about it :D!

Good Intentions, Bad Follow-Through

I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing NaNoWriMo right now. Okay, not really, but I am doing a bunch to prepare my novel for July. I have a solid outline–possibly the sturdiest I’ve ever had going into a writing project. I have a timeline going, which is a first for me.  I have also read and watched tons and tons of articles and videos on NaNo, writing techniques, writing snacks, and…well, you get the point.

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Workbooks. Free Download!

In my various travels through NaNoWorld, I found these free writing workbook downloads at the Young Writer’s Program website. I browsed through them, and they are pretty awesome. The homeschool mom part of me, though enjoying summer vacation, was thrilled!

There’s three different levels: elementary, middle school, and high school.  Each one has the same basic information, but it’s tailored a little differently for each grade. The elementary workbook is…

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Update (?)


So. I am having difficulty focusing- what’s new? Just that my brain’s got too much chatter atm, too much energy. So…I should focus on something else. Look for updates here. It’s about time for another update.