A few weeks ago we had to work in pairs in my Italian class. I ended up working with a classmate who, when confronted to my handwritten notes, remarked “friggin’ European handwriting!”.
It’s true. Have you noticed the very consistent handwriting style exhibited by people educated under an anglosaxon system? I first noticed when I first went to England, in my teens, and all the boys and (especially) girls there were writing with that oh-so-English round and neat calligraphy. I remember discussing the issue with my sister, more than 20 years ago.
I’ve continued seeing that here in Australia. I am not completely sure that it is directly related to being educated within an anglosaxon system, although I’ve seen it in England and in Australia only. I also tend to think that it occurs with people of a certain age group, more or less my age, perhaps. For a friggin’ European like me, it is amazing how such a degree of consistency, almost like cloning, can be achieved.
Do leave a comment if you have any ideas why this happens, please.
P.S. This post uses the word “European” to refer to what geographers would refer to as Europe, minus the United Kingdom. EU -= UK. As you do.