Kate Gladstone

Albany, NY, United States

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Kate Gladstone
Posted over 1 year ago
Should cursive writing be required in schools?
Re: > A few years ago all texts were changed from the generality of "he" or "him" to include both sexes and the term >s/he came into effect and was substuted [sic] for all "he" or "him" in texts. ALL texts, everywhere? The ones in my library haven't changed — neither has all of Google, which includes recent prose containing "him/her" along with whatever usages you suppose to have "all" been abolished. By whom, sir, were they abolished — and how?.
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Kate Gladstone
Posted over 1 year ago
Should cursive writing be required in schools?
Re: "Kate: s/he is the shortened she and/or he" I would have thought so, too, but of course I'd immediately realized that it wouldn't have made any sense because what you'd written was "let s/he" ... and expanding that to "let she and/or he" wouldn't have made any more sense than the original. If "let him or her" is the intent, wouldn't the abbreviated version be "let him/her"? I'm trying to figure out why, and where, a (presumably) native speaker of English would use "let s/he" instead of "let him/her." Have I been wrong, all these years, to have "him" and "her" in my vocabulary? I'd thought that I spoke this language pretty well ... Re: " .... whalla in general means there it is" I don't understand the phrase "means there it is." Of course I'm familiar, like most literate user of English, with the word "voilà" — pronounced "vwa-LA," borrowed from French, and meaning _precisely_ "there it is." Magicians, of course, often use that word. Could you have had "voilà" in mind, and not bothered much about how to spell it or pronounce it?
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Kate Gladstone
Posted over 1 year ago
Should cursive writing be required in schools?
Sorry, I don't understand a question that has been stripped of full context. Please supply the missing context by indicating (e.g.) what noun underlies "ones" in your sentence, or by quoting the sentence to which your question was a repy.
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Kate Gladstone
Posted over 1 year ago
Should cursive writing be required in schools?
Re: " But I think this way of 'efficiency' is highly individual and nothing which could actually be taught." That's false, though — because I teach it, and so do colleagues of mine, and our students learn it with pleasure and success. In fact ... The first published handwriting textbooks taught this way of writing. (Let me know if you want a link to the very earliest one, with an English translation on the site.) To see this type of writing taught today, visit: Http://www.italic-handwriting.org http://www.BFHhandwriting.com http://www.handwritingsuccess.com http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com