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3rd Apr '18 7:48:56 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** It's not really the handwriting, or at least, it's not ''just'' the writing. Until fairly recently, your prescription probably wouldn't have made a ''lot'' more sense to you if it was professionally typeset, because physicians used a lot of Latin abbreviations. Pharmacists, who understand these, have a much easier time making it out, because while you're thinking "What the heck is this supposed to be; it looks like potid" the pharmacist knows that it ''is'' po tid which means "''per os'' (by mouth), ''tres in diem'' (three times a day)." Medical schools have begun recommending against the use of most of the Latin abbreviations (and ... more stridently ... against the use of archaic units of measure like grains, drams, scruples, or minims, for some of which the abbreviation is more of a squiggle than a letter), so to some extent this is going away.

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** It's not really the handwriting, or at least, it's not ''just'' the writing. Until fairly recently, Originally, your prescription probably wouldn't have made a ''lot'' more sense to you if it was professionally typeset, because physicians used a lot of Latin abbreviations. Pharmacists, who understand these, have a much easier time making it out, because while you're thinking "What the heck is this supposed to be; it looks like potid" the pharmacist knows that it ''is'' po tid which means "''per os'' (by mouth), ''tres in diem'' (three times a day)." Medical schools have begun recommending against the use of most of the Latin abbreviations (and ... more stridently ... against the use of archaic units of measure like grains, drams, scruples, or minims, for some of which the abbreviation is more of a squiggle than a letter), so to some extent this is going away.
20th Dec '17 4:25:29 PM TonyG
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play]]",
Star Swirl the Bearded's "hornwriting" is so bad, Twilight remarks that it's "almost like another language". Starlight's is stated to be even worse, though this allows her to actually understand Star Swirl's writings.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play]]",
Play]]", Star Swirl the Bearded's "hornwriting" is so bad, Twilight remarks that it's "almost like another language". Starlight's is stated to be even worse, though this allows her to actually understand Star Swirl's writings.
4th Dec '17 10:40:18 PM bfunc
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** It's not really the handwriting, or at least, it's not ''just'' the writing. Until fairly recently, your prescription probably wouldn't have made a ''lot'' more sense to you if it was professionally typeset, because physicians used a lot of Latin abbreviations. Pharmacists, who understand these, have a lot easier time making it out, because while you're thinking "What the heck is this supposed to be; it looks like potid" the pharmacist knows that it ''is'' po tid. which means "by mouth, three times daily." Medical schools have begun recommending against the use of most of the Latin abbreviations (and ... more stridently ... against the use of archaic units of measure like grains, drams, scruples, or minims, for some of which the abbreviation is more of a squiggle than a letter), so to some extent this is going away.

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** It's not really the handwriting, or at least, it's not ''just'' the writing. Until fairly recently, your prescription probably wouldn't have made a ''lot'' more sense to you if it was professionally typeset, because physicians used a lot of Latin abbreviations. Pharmacists, who understand these, have a lot much easier time making it out, because while you're thinking "What the heck is this supposed to be; it looks like potid" the pharmacist knows that it ''is'' po tid. tid which means "by mouth, three "''per os'' (by mouth), ''tres in diem'' (three times daily.a day)." Medical schools have begun recommending against the use of most of the Latin abbreviations (and ... more stridently ... against the use of archaic units of measure like grains, drams, scruples, or minims, for some of which the abbreviation is more of a squiggle than a letter), so to some extent this is going away.
22nd Nov '17 12:09:22 AM DrFraud
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* This was a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip once. Hagar, who's illiterate, wishes he could read the prescription a doctor gave him. So does the pharmacist (or whatever he was, since he's in the Viking age).

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* This was a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip once. Hagar, who's illiterate, wishes he could read the prescription a doctor gave him. So does the pharmacist (or whatever he was, is, since he's in the Viking age).



* Subverted in the Franchise/{{Harry Potter}} fic ''Where Shadows Go'', when the partner in Snape's Healer practice joked that Snape couldn't be a "real doctor" because his handwriting was too ''legible''.

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* Subverted Inverted in the Franchise/{{Harry Potter}} fic ''Where Shadows Go'', when the partner in Snape's Healer practice joked jokes that Snape couldn't can't be a "real doctor" because his handwriting was is too ''legible''.



* Hagrid from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a primitive, childish handwriting due to the lack of education. (Also, giant hands)

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* Hagrid from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a primitive, childish handwriting due to the lack of education. (Also, giant hands)hands.)



* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', the Tom Arnold character Arnie was PutOnABus and Roseanne showed his note to Dan.

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* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', the Tom Arnold character Arnie was is PutOnABus and Roseanne showed shows his note to Dan.
4th Nov '17 5:05:50 AM StFan
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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where Twilight has to write something without using magic after being transformed into a human. How can someone be legible if they don't even know what hands are, let alone how to use a pen?

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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where Twilight Sparkle has to write something without using magic after being transformed into a human. How can someone be legible if they don't even know what hands are, let alone how to use a pen?


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play]]",
Star Swirl the Bearded's "hornwriting" is so bad, Twilight remarks that it's "almost like another language". Starlight's is stated to be even worse, though this allows her to actually understand Star Swirl's writings.
22nd Oct '17 2:02:24 PM nombretomado
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* A meta-example: Some earlier games by {{CAVE}} and Creator/{{Atlus}} had a copyright notice written in [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish perfect English]], except for the last sentence which read "Violator and subject to severe penalties and will be prosecutedt to the full extent of the jam." Over a decade later, CAVE's current CCO Tsuneki Ikeda conjectured that this was due to someone on their legal team having bad handwriting, since "law" ''can'' look like "jam" if the handwriting's messy enough.

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* A meta-example: Some earlier games by {{CAVE}} Creator/{{CAVE}} and Creator/{{Atlus}} had a copyright notice written in [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish perfect English]], except for the last sentence which read "Violator and subject to severe penalties and will be prosecutedt to the full extent of the jam." Over a decade later, CAVE's current CCO Tsuneki Ikeda conjectured that this was due to someone on their legal team having bad handwriting, since "law" ''can'' look like "jam" if the handwriting's messy enough.
28th Aug '17 9:29:26 AM GothicProphet
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* In another Harry Potter fic, ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/4710065/chapters/10756880 Run that by me again?]]'', Hermione knows that Harry didn't enter himself in the Triwizard Tournament because the handwriting on the note is legible.
13th Aug '17 3:20:51 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* This is a fairly common argument for allowing laptops in class, even in classes where laptops are not required for activities. Of course, not every instructor is in favor, arguing that students could distract themselves with social media, games, and the like instead of paying attention in class.
7th Feb '17 7:49:43 AM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Buff Frog has extremely poor handwriting, which becomes a plot point when he sends Star a letter warning her of [[BigBad Ludo's]] return, but since she couldn't read it, she was completely unprepared. When confronted about it, he says he never went to school.
13th Nov '16 2:31:00 PM WillKeaton
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* It is said that Thomas Aquinas had the worst handwriting in the Middle Ages. Examples [[http://www.fordham.edu/images/undergraduate/academicaffairs/web_development/site_files/handwriting_st_thomas.jpg here]] and [[http://www.u.arizona.edu/%7Eaversa/thomas_aquinas_littera_inintelligibilis.jpg here]].

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* It is said that Thomas Aquinas had the worst handwriting in the Middle Ages. Examples [[http://www.fordham.edu/images/undergraduate/academicaffairs/web_development/site_files/handwriting_st_thomas.jpg here]] and [[http://www.u.arizona.edu/%7Eaversa/thomas_aquinas_littera_inintelligibilis.jpg here]].here.]]
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