We’ve lamented here already about how text messaging and twitter are killing language – but computers in general are killing writing. This used to be an art and a skill. My sister took a calligraphy class in college. They used to just call that writing. Now schools are dropping cursive from the curriculum and a whole generation is emerging that can barely hold a pen without stabbing their own eyes out.
Fun fact: you know the old cliché about how doctors have notoriously bad writing? It’s not a cliché, it’s on purpose to make it hard for non-medical types to make up fake prescriptions. I thought it was just an urban legend until a friend of mine went to school to become a pharmacist and had to take classes specifically on the secret talent of reading doctors’ writing.