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#31 of 34 Old 04-25-2014, 06:20 AM
 
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Your response: "SPEAK English! Or I'll take your toys/cookies/milk shakes/Big Macs away as punishment until you learn the Queen's English."

 

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Playing around with feather quills, I noticed there is a distinct need to start from the top, because you pull the quill down the paper instead of pushing it up.  I'm wondering if this is where the "top-down" notion got its start.  If ever you start pushing the quill, the split at the end separates and you get two lines instead of one and lose a lot of your ink in one broad stroke.  


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In addition, when you look at script written with quills, letters like "p" and "s" didn't connect on the bottom.  If you try making them connect like the modern letters, the tip of the quill resists and splits.  Of course, this is coming *entirely* from my brief experience with quills, but I did notice when I used calligraphy-type pens, you still did not form the letters in one continuous motion, like the script one uses with a ball point.  There is lifting and repositioning constantly, though you are not as limited in your motion as you are with feathers. It's funny to think how technology quietly changes how we do some things, and leaves other archaic actions in place long after they are no longer necessary.

 

Both my girls start from the bottom, though as their fluency changes, so does how they form their letters, but I wouldn't say it's all top-down either.


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