Sunday Book-Thought 4

Labor scribentis refectio est legentis hic deficit corpore ille proficit mente quisquis ergo in hoc proficis opere operarii laborantis non dedignemini meminisse ut dominus inuocatus inmemor sit iniquitatibus tuis. Amen. Et pro uocem tuae orationis mercedem recipies in tempore iudicii quando dominus sanctis suis retribuere iusserit retributionem. quia qui nescit scribere laborem nullum extimat esse nam si uelis scire singulatim nuntio tibi quam grabe est scribturae pondus. oculis caliginemfacit. dorsumincurbat. costas et uentremfrangit. renibus dolorem inmittit et omne corpus fastidium nutrit. ideo tu lector lente folias uersa. longe a litteris digitos tene quia sicut grando fecunditatem telluris tollit sic lector inutilis scribturam et librum euertit. Nam quam suauis est nauigantibus portum extremum ita et scribtori nobissimus uersus. Explicit. deo gratias semper. 

The labo[u]r of the scribe is the refreshment of the reader: one damages the body, the other benefits the mind. Whoever you are, therefore, who benefit from this work, do not neglect to remember the working labo[u]rer: and so may God, thus invoked, forget your faults. Amen. And for the voice of your prayers may you receive your reward in the time of judgment when the Lord will command that retribution be distributed to his saints. One who knows little of writing thinks it no labo[u]r at all. For if you want to know I will explain to you in detail how heavy is the burden of writing. It makes the eyes misty. It twists the back. It breaks the ribs and belly. It makes the kidneys ache and fills the whole body with every kind of annoyance. So, reader, turn the pages slowly, and keep your fingers far away from the letters, for just as hail damages crops, so a useless reader ruins both writing and book. For as homeport is sweet to the sailor, so is the final line sweet to the writer. Explicit. Thanks be to God always.

– Some Random Scribe Named Florentius

Grasping Graphology

Like most of my posts, this one’s based off one of my papers. The most interesting stuff has been removed.
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What makes for good handwriting? Legibility, neatness… But handwriting is more than just about legibility; it’s about personality, as exemplified by the practice of handwriting analysis, which is formally known as graphology – it’s an entire field, people! The whole field of graphology assumes that one’s handwriting can reflect physical characteristics, identification with professional activities, personal character traits, and personal or emotional issues. People are thought to embed symbols within their writing that are hidden until uncovered by analysis, which supposedly can determine how individuals internalize and make use of symbols. Note my use of qualifying words. Note my skepticism.

How did the field of handwriting analysis develop? How have the uses of handwriting shifted in an age of typing? Despite people spending more and more time on their computers, handwriting has yet to be abandoned. In this post, I want to take a look at the connections between eighteenth century and twenty-first century handwriting. Handwriting sames to be equally important in both time periods, but for different reasons. Do changes in handwriting reflect larger social changes? Continue reading “Grasping Graphology”