Left-hand Gregg?

There was a mention of a ‘left handed Gregg’ in another thread…does anyone know of a link or resource about this?  I’m sure it’s the same theory, but it sure would be nice to see how the ‘officials’ dealt with the issue…

(by hvoltz for everyone)

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  1. I've seen it.  It's called "mirror writing."  It was a modification for left-handed writers that seems a bit weird.  As a left-handed writer myself, it didn't seem to be that useful.  There's an example on the web somewhere.    It's an interesting novelty piece if you ask me.  Seems to me it would be very difficult to force yourself to do your shorthand right to left and have all your practice and reading materials going from left to right.

  2. There was no official left-handed Gregg. The reference was to a website of a guy who had scanned his manual in reverse and taught himself to write from right to left. It was a neat idea, but the website is down now. The official way to write Gregg left handed is just how it is in the manual. Some of the fastest Gregg writers have been left handed.

  3. Marc: are you saying that it was an actual practice for lefties to write Gregg in reverse?  My impression from the "werelight" website was that it was a young computer age guy who picked up Gregg as a hobby, but abandoned it before becoming proficient.  It is true that fountain pen ink, roller ball ink, ball point ink, and pencil lead all smear for lefties, and writing in reverse would be a solution, though I don't know if anyone other than the "werelight" guy has tried it.

  4. John,

    I don't know how many teachers insisted their left-handed students write backwards, but smearing wet ink was (is?) a problem for lefties who don't hook their hands.

    I'm right handed so I can't speak from experience.


  5. I'm a lefty, and one of my strongest memories of 3rd grade (when I learned cursive) was being frustrated that the side of my hand would be covered with ink by the end of the day.  I solved it by resting the weight of my hand on my wrist instead of the side of the hand and stabilizing it with my pinky knuckle.  It's a lot easier to clean off the little 'dot' on my pinky than the whole side of my hand, and a lot less noticible if I miss it!    One of the suggestions I've read about improving longhand handwriting is to use the entire arm to make the strokes, instead of keeping the arm relatively mobile and making the strokes with hand muscles.  Evidence to back that up: my handwriting improved significantly when I became a teacher…writing on chalkboards is 100% arm movement…even my normal writing on paper showed improvement.  Now I tell my kids who need to work on their penmanship to come in & write on my boards after school.  It works!

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