Chat-Speak Invades the Classroom

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Thu Sep 19 18:49:50 UTC 2002

The answer to this dilemma is clear: one of you is in the Southern


> 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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