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Ian B
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This has caused a bit of a debate in our house!

One of the kids came home with a letter formation sheet with 5 formed in one stroke, as if writing an 'S' like this:

http://images.twinkl.co.uk/image/upload/t_345,f_auto/image/8...

As I thought was the right way to form a 5 was with two strokes, from the top left and then put the top line on, like this:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_zT0c6-oeFCw/SudyoBIt6bI/AAAAAAAACM...

I'm from Manchester, England, UK and I was taught the two strokes method. My wife was brought up in Scotland, UK and she was taught the one stroke method. I wondered if this was an England/Scotland thing but maybe it is more than that.

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How do you write the digit 5 ?
One stroke (like an S)
Two strokes (from the top left then put on the top line in a second stroke)
A different way
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Does anyone know if the two ways follow a geographic trend?
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I'm definitely a two-stroke writer for fives, but I think it may be an age-related thing, rather than geographical.
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I'm one stroke. 22 and in the US, if that helps at all. Then again, I slash my 7's (Portuguese) and my zeroes (Europe) so I'm not a reliable demographic!
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One stroke for me - from the east of England.
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What bugs me is people who add loops to their twos and make balloony eights.

"Loopy: two:


"Regular" 2


"Balloony: eight:



"Snowman" eight:



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1. How do you make your "2"s?
Loopy
Normal
2. HOw do you make your "8"s
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Snowman
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While I'm complaining, I also don't like seeing the numbers 9 or 6 with a straight "tail".



That's a lowercase Q, people!!
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Today I learned that MABBY hates my handwriting! cry
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MABBY wrote:


While I'm complaining, I also don't like seeing the numbers 9 or 6 with a straight "tail".



That's a lowercase Q, people!!

When writing, my lowercase Q has a little tail, like this (although mine are rounder than that):



Also, the lowercase Q has a bump coming up the top of the circle, too.

That said, My 9's and 6's do have curvy tails, too.


(For what it's worth, I used to slash my 7's, but don't anymore, but I do still slash my Z's because my handwriting isn't great so it helps me tell it apart from my 2's)
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I have a dream that one day a woman is not judged by the loopiness of her twos, but by the content of her math equations.
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sunkencheerio wrote:
I have a dream that one day a woman is not judged by the loopiness of her twos, but by the content of her math equations.


"I had a dream. I had an aw-thome dream."

 
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Funny, I was just thinking about this a couple days ago. I used to write fives in one stroke, then somebody told me (my mom I think) that the proper way was two strokes. Since then I've become devoted to the tribe of the two strokes.
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and that's too short to post, I guess.
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Two strokes here.

I'm not so sure this is a regional thing, or even an efficiency thing (cos hey, one stroke is more efficient than two). It's probably more "cos that's how the publisher my local school system buys exercise/textbooks from says to do it."
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Lower case Q has a tail, like upper case Q.

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I was taught to make a 5 with 2 strokes, back in grade schhol, but these days, I do it with one stroke, and just to piss Mabby off, I do it with a tiny little loop where the two strokes would meet.
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One stroke like an s. The reason being that I taught myself how to read and write before kindergarten and so resisted all attempts to teach me the right way. I also hold my pencil wrong abd write capItal E with two strokes like a bracket with a middle thing.
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Two strokes.

7's and Z's get slashes in the middle.
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I was taught one stroke for '5' (I'm 46 now, and raised in the southern US) but I deliberately switched to two strokes in grad school because it's much less likely to be confused for an 'S'.

I also almost always put a little roof on my '1', a stroke on my '7', a slash through '0', and an '8' is always two circles (not a sideways infinity).

Having numbers indistiguishable from letters is bad, especially on the board in a lecture...

I also use Consolas as my font of choice when doing any kind of programming on Windows-based machines for that very same reason. ('l' vs. '1', '0' vs. 'O', etc.)

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Now I want to know which kind of letter G MABBY uses...



when writing, Get Off MY Lawn!

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For me, it's all about efficiency. So one stroke for 5's, a little loop in my 2's (not because I'm trying to be fancy, but because that's how they turn out when you write it quickly), and no strokes or slashes. I also begin my 0's from the bottom, something I've never seen anyone else do, because I find it faster to write. I recorded a lot of baseball scorecards during my teens and the summary portion required me to write a lot of zeroes. I got into the habit of starting from the bottom and it's stuck to this day.

BTW, I'm annoyed that most games show their 9's as upside-down 6's, rather than the circle and diagonal that most of us use while writing. It may be technically correct, but it means you have to be careful about orientation (or use a stupid underscore) to distinguish these two numbers. The written 9 is understood by everyone, so why not use it and avoid any confusion?
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I put a line under my "1"

No loop on the 2, both for the 8. Straight edge for the 9.

My lower case "g" looks like an "s"

My e's change depending on the word.

Always a captial Q

And my handwriting is Garyese.


Edit: Oh yeah, I two-stroke my 5.
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I was taught two strokes. And I write with two strokes. Just in the other order.
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I draw my fives with four strokes:



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