Girly handwriting is a form of folk calligraphy practised by girls and women (but rarely by men) from about 9 (when cursive handwriting becomes easy) to college age and sometimes beyond, chiefly for letters and other personal uses. It's marked by freely written letterforms, exaggerated extenders and serifs, circular, heart- or star-shaped dots on I and J, alternative crossbars, and pictorial uses (like smileys) of the letter O. Texts are written with broad margins, in either very large or very small letters, and doodling and/or comments in these margins are common, as is the liberal use of underlines, strike-outs, asterisks, scare quotes, and other typographical tricks.

Girly handwriting is surprisingly international, being practised in Japan as well as roman alphabet-using countries, but seems to be a phenomenon of the 20th century and later...few examples have been found before 1900. Of course, there is uncial....

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