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Cursive Lowercase "r"

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Poll: Lowercase cursive "r" (642 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". (192 votes [27.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.95%

  2. 2. Slanted upstroke, then a gentle slide downwards, followed by a steep curve downwards. (428 votes [62.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 62.30%

  3. 3. I always capitalize the "R" (even within lowercase text). (8 votes [1.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.16%

  4. 4. Some other way (feel free to specify below). (55 votes [8.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.01%

  5. 5. I always skip the lowercase letter "r" when I write anything! (4 votes [0.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.58%

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#161 ParramattaPaul


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 06:51

Here are both. The one on the left is not comfortable for me. I prefer to write, and to read, the one on the right, which is a mixture of 3 and 5. 




My cursive 'r' is similar to the one in the example on the left.

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#162 ElinMS


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 22:24

When in school I was taught that consistency is essential in handwriting, but as I have gotten older, I have found myself drifting into changing letter forms, often within a single sentence. I not only do this with r, but also with s, b, d, e, k, l, p, q, t, v, and w. I don't really give it much thought in the moment, but sometimes one or the other letterform just feels right. It doesn't seem to impact the legibility. It may be because my writing is a sort of hybrid of palmer, italic, and spencerian influences, learned at different times in my life.

Anyway, this is a vote for inconsistency.


I was taught the Palmer method in school, but I do pretty much the same as you.  It depends on what I'm writing, the script style I'm using, or sometimes my own hybridization.  Hey, as long as I can read it, it's all good :)


Usually I aim for consistency within the same document if nothing else.


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 19:29

Pleasing to see a six-year-old thread being kept alive. At least we are writing by hand. I seem to use several 'r-types' in one sitting, probably due to hand position at any given moment.


Note the 'thread-like' r as often taught in Palmer cursive, in 'grip' and 'vectors'. 


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#164 Mulrich


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 19:49

This letter was one of the main reasons I hated learning cursive. I could never make the letter look right and it didn't flow well when I wrote-same with the lower case s.

#165 MrsHobie


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Posted 07 April 2019 - 20:47

I answered 4 ... Most of my r look like the number 2, but with a little loop ...

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#166 BaronWulfraed



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 17:10

I don't even have "the little loop" anymore, just a small peak if that, and the horizontal sometimes sags in the middle.

#167 LiquidInk



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Posted 04 September 2019 - 13:51

I use 2nd if there is a following letter. 1st if it is last letter since I don't have to connect anything

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 15:20

I don't even have "the little loop" anymore, just a small peak if that, and the horizontal sometimes sags in the middle.


Mostly this though it varies, even within a sentence,depending on what I'm writing and for who.  I tend to be slower and more legible for others than myself.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:31

With v and z for me it's the more difficult letter to write...


#170 Ermennda


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 17:56

I went with option 1 because it's fairly close to what I do (see below).

As for the second character in the OP's image, I'd love to be able to talk to the person/people who decided to write a cursive lowercase 'r' that way in the first place. Not trying to to offend anyone, but every time I see someone write an 'r' like that I cringe and can't help but think they need to be shown what an 'r' actually looks like :headsmack:


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Posted 11 April 2020 - 14:12

this is essentially the way I write lowercase cursive letters


so my r is as from example (2), and that is what I was taught in elementary school (we were taught cursive only, no scrip).

(in the shown alphabet, the one letter which greatly differs in the way I write it, is the z.)


I believe the r sign is the original sign for the letter, only that when writing cursive you need an additional linking sign to attach to the next letter, so example (1) is used in scrip and example (2) is used in cursive


(my cursive uppercases are however much different from the ones shown on the same site - here below - as corresponding capitals)


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