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
, 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....