Chat-Speak Invades the Classroom

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Thu Sep 19 18:43:22 UTC 2002

On Thu, 19 Sep 2002, James A. Landau wrote:

#One of the common ways to make a handwritten ampersand is to make a vertical
#stroke, then reverse your pen and move upward with an increasing curvature to
#the right until your stroke is horizontal.  At this point make a tight
#clockwise half-circle and finish off with a horizontal stroke across your
#original vertical stroke.  Result is a plus sign with a small loop on the
#right-hand side of the horizontal stroke.

That's funny; I've always done it the other way.  Your description has
the cross-stroke moving right-to-left, against the general flow, and
ending up on the "wrong" side for proceeding to the next word. Mine
looks like a plus sign with a "cloverleaf" (as in highway interchange)
loop in the upper-left quadrant.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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