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Just what exactly does this cursive word say?

by BicycleTree
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BicycleTree
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Jun23-05, 12:56 PM
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I was taking notes earlier today and noticed this very strange thing...
http://img288.echo.cx/my.php?image=ambiguity1ay.png
Just what exactly does this cursive word say?
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Jun23-05, 01:06 PM
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Love?

What else could it look like?
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Jun23-05, 01:08 PM
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It says you need to work on your penmanship if you have to ask us what your own writing says.

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Jun23-05, 01:25 PM
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Just what exactly does this cursive word say?

Quote Quote by brewnog
Love?

What else could it look like?
Look closer! It can be 3 words. In white:

Foul
Force
Love
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Jun23-05, 01:28 PM
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I don't see the ambiguity, I'm pretty sure that most people would agree that it says "love". Out of context, I think that quite a bit of imagination is needed to see the other two, no?
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Jun23-05, 01:45 PM
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Not really. When I actually first wrote the word, it was "force."
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Jun23-05, 01:47 PM
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I see the other letters but not the 'f'. It isn't connected and doesn't extend below the base line. I think it could be an 'l' or 'b'. If you're going to stretch it, that 'o' could be a very sloppy 'a', giving 'lace' and 'face'.
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Jun23-05, 01:48 PM
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it is not an 'f'
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Jun23-05, 01:51 PM
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Quote Quote by yomamma
it is not an 'f'
By extrapolating the first letter below that baseline, I did manage to come up with 'force' and 'foul'. It took a long time to think of doing that, though.
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Jun23-05, 02:14 PM
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Okay, here's a better one:
http://img184.echo.cx/my.php?image=ambiguity8rk.png
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Jun23-05, 02:38 PM
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Quote Quote by BicycleTree
That's still no "f"
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Jun23-05, 03:10 PM
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do you know what a cursive 'F' looks like?

to help you learn cursive:

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Jun23-05, 03:26 PM
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Ooh, we should get a hand-writing analyst in here. That's still a sorry excuse for an F. I only saw "love" as well, but knew that couldn't be what the word really was based on your question. This is why we make students type everything now; it used to be very painful grading hand-written assignments due to poor penmanship.
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Jun23-05, 06:24 PM
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Haha, I thought my cursive was atrocious (which I gave up because so many teachers teased me about it), and even I can't see an 'f.' If anything, it's an 'l,' maybe a 'b.' Seriously, how can you put up with your writing if even you can find three ambiguities? For the past year I've been writing in print, and although it's like starting where I left off in third grade, people can atleast read what I write.
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Jun23-05, 06:28 PM
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Now you are being twits.

The first letter of the new image could easily pass for an f. There is an inward bump, which anyone who writes or reads a lot of hastily-written cursive understands is enough for a cusp. You are stupidly nitpicking when you could be basking in the sun of the glorious four-and-five-letter double-ambiguity.
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Jun23-05, 06:37 PM
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And, you know, it almost says louie. It's so close to saying louie.
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Jun23-05, 06:40 PM
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The second example could be a "b" but an "f" is stretching it.
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Jun23-05, 06:48 PM
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BicycleTree: Even though I've written in cursive for about eleven years, I couldn't see an 'f' there, and I still barely can after you tell me. You need to drag you bottom cusp farther down, and I'm not nitpicking--it's what distinguishes a 'b' between an 'f.' And I'm not a "twit" because I think that either.


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