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Just what exactly does this cursive word say?

  1. Jun 23, 2005 #1
    I was taking notes earlier today and noticed this very strange thing...
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    Just what exactly does this cursive word say?
     
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  3. Jun 23, 2005 #2

    brewnog

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    Love?

    What else could it look like?
     
  4. Jun 23, 2005 #3

    Moonbear

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    It says you need to work on your penmanship if you have to ask us what your own writing says. :tongue2:
     
  5. Jun 23, 2005 #4
    Look closer! It can be 3 words. In white:

    Foul
    Force
    Love
     
  6. Jun 23, 2005 #5

    brewnog

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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?
     
  7. Jun 23, 2005 #6
    Not really. When I actually first wrote the word, it was "force."
     
  8. Jun 23, 2005 #7

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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'.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2005 #8

    JamesU

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    it is not an 'f'
     
  10. Jun 23, 2005 #9

    Danger

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    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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  13. Jun 23, 2005 #12

    JamesU

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    do you know what a cursive 'F' looks like?

    to help you learn cursive:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Jun 23, 2005 #13

    Moonbear

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    Ooh, we should get a hand-writing analyst in here. :biggrin: 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.
     
  15. Jun 23, 2005 #14
    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.
     
  16. Jun 23, 2005 #15
    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.
     
  17. Jun 23, 2005 #16
    And, you know, it almost says louie. It's so close to saying louie.
     
  18. Jun 23, 2005 #17

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    The second example could be a "b" but an "f" is stretching it.
     
  19. Jun 23, 2005 #18
    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.
     
  20. Jun 23, 2005 #19
    For the sake of creativity, I guess we can imagine it's a 'f' though. (Even though it's not.)
     
  21. Jun 23, 2005 #20

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    If you don't want your handwriting nitpicked, don't post it in a thread about the ambiguities of your handwriting. Nobody is being a twit for elaborating on what you yourself pointed out...the handwriting is ambiguous. A lowercase f, in cursive, has a loop below the baseline, your loop stops right at the baseline. That's a lowercase b at best.

    Do you have trouble re-reading your notes when you go back to them? If not, then you can read your own writing well enough for note-taking, so that's fine. If even you can't read it, then you need to change something. When you have to write for someone else (i.e., on an exam), I suggest either printing or working on your penmanship so it will be legible to others, otherwise they're going to want to know why your physics exams are covered with love notes. :tongue2:
     
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