Penmanship  

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Alle Weissheit ist bey Gott dem Herrn... (1654), informal title of a calligraphy of the Sirach by an anonymous artist
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Alle Weissheit ist bey Gott dem Herrn... (1654), informal title of a calligraphy of the Sirach by an anonymous artist

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Penmanship is the technique of writing with the hand using a writing instrument. The various generic and formal historical styles of writing are called hands, whilst an individual's style of penmanship is referred to as handwriting.

See also

  • Typography — the appearance, arrangement, and style of printed text

Types of writing

  • Handwriting, a person's particular style of writing by pen or a pencil
  • Hand (handwriting), in palaeography, refers to a distinct generic style of penmanship
  • Block letters — also called printing, is the use of the simple letters children are taught to write when first learning
  • Calligraphy — the art of writing itself, generally more concerned with aesthetics for decorative effect than normal handwriting.
  • Cursive — any style of handwriting written in a flowing (cursive) manner, which connects many or all of the letters in a word, or the strokes in a CJK character or other grapheme.

Studies of writing and penmanship

  • Diplomatics — forensic palaeography (seeks the provenance of written documents).
  • Graphology — the study and analysis of handwriting especially in relation to human psychology.
  • Graphonomics — is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the handwriting process and the handwritten product
  • Palaeography — the study of script.

Penmanship-related professions

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