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Cursive Lowercase "r"

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Poll: Lowercase cursive "r" (423 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you write your cursive lowercase "r"? (please see picture)

  1. 1. Upright stroke followed by a small "hook". (121 votes [26.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.77%

  2. 2. Slanted upstroke, then a gentle slide downwards, followed by a steep curve downwards. (288 votes [63.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.72%

  3. 3. I always capitalize the "R" (even within lowercase text). (6 votes [1.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.33%

  4. 4. Some other way (feel free to specify below). (33 votes [7.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.30%

  5. 5. I always skip the lowercase letter "r" when I write anything! (4 votes [0.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.88%

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#91 GClef


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:23


#92 Mr Ink

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:48

GClef, your handwriting is a work of art :thumbup:

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 15:28

This is the r the nuns taught me oh so many years ago. I've tried others, but this one will not go away. :rolleyes:

That's the one I try to do, but it doesn't always look that good!


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 00:16

the way I was taught is like #2, but with a little loop at the top left bit.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 21:27

If I'm writing for myself, it's an unornamented bump, not unlike a script Cyrillic lower case г; if I'm writing for others to read, it'll be more like #1.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 21:53



… yet another way ...

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 21:27

I was just thinking , as I try to retrieve what little skill I had at cursive now that I am playing with FPs, that lowercase "r" is by far the hardest letter for me. I either get just a little unidentifiable peak or I have to really...slow...down in order to write it more correctly. This thread is old but I found it all interesting.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 22:14

"r" has always given me fits.  I'm 52 years old and still struggle.  In the past month, I've started really paying attention to cursive writing and I'm attempting to teach myself to use #1 after decades of flailing around with #2 (again, sounds like potty talk).  My penmanship has always tended to be mediocre at best, so I'm really working at getting better.  Practice, hopefully, will make, if not perfect, at least pretty good.


My third grade teacher would be proud of my renewed effort, I think.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:46

I guess I may post a sample as well.
Mine is a catalan tong-twister, designed to teach kids pronounce the rolled "r" (and to give a hard time to those who can not): it goes "Un carro carregat de rocs corria per la carretera de Roses fent catacric-catacroc, i el carreter, carregat de ràbia, li corria al darrere" (meaning: a carriage full of rocks ran on Roses -A town- road, making cracking noises and the muleteer, full of rage, ran behind").


The above script is very close to what was taught in Finnish schools in the early 80s. The "p" was different here, though (assuming that the third to last letter on the first line is a "p").

#101 Ken Fraser

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:23

I find it incredible that one lonely, minuscule letter can arouse such interest - 19,640 views in the last six months!!

If the same interest was shown in the rest of the 26 letters, this would result in a total of more than half a million views!!!


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 19:07

i voted for #2.  In the real world, it's almost always some variation of that - it never comes out looking quite right, but i'm making some progress...  some.  that's the way i was taught in elementary school, and i'm pretty sure that my mother uses the same style of 'r', so i learned that style from two sides.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 00:11

I also voted for #2 because it's the closest to how I write my lower case r. Actually mine looks more like the Cyrillic letter Π than a classic cursive "r" but most people can read it.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 16:18

I voted 2, although I am practicing to use the other variant of that, the one with the loop. The #2 variant is something I can never, ever understand, and is really hard for me to read, as well. Atm, if I don't pay attention to how I write, my r will look like a skinny V with a small line to the side :P

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:12

I voted 2, although I am practicing to use the other variant of that, the one with the loop. The #2 variant is something I can never, ever understand, and is really hard for me to read, as well. Atm, if I don't pay attention to how I write, my r will look like a skinny V with a small line to the side :P


I vote for 2 as well because it is kinda preparing your hand for proper Copperplate and Spencerian if you ever want to learn them later on. Because of college fast note taking, I've been writing 'r' - 1 style for a long long time due to the fact that it was a faster option and easier to read in small writing. However, I now need to re-do the bad habit to properly learn calligraphy.


In small hand writing though, I agree that it is quite tricky to write '2' nice and clean, especially when speed is needed. Time to time, i find myself with a notebook just write down "r" continuously like i was in elementary school. :( :blush: 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 13:59

Variant #2 is what I was taught in school, and what I always use. However, in practice I can never make it so beautiful when writing at normal speed. Mine usually looks like an upside down u, unless I take the time to draw it really slowly and consciously. I find it the most difficult letter to write in cursive script.