My casual handwriting is a careless derivation from chancery cursive; written quickly, it resembles Arabic, ancient Egyptian Demotic or Roman cursive.
Yes, Rome, that distant, lost civilization, so very different to our own. For example, this bit of high culture, from a Roman play:
(Man trying to read letter illegibly written by another): "A chicken’s hand was it? A chicken surely scratched these marks…" (Var. trans. as: "...[D]o even hens have hands like these? For indeed a hen wrote these letters.")
That's "I can't read these chicken-scratches." Or, "Nam has quidem gallina scripsit." Gallina scripsit, indeed.
I should have notepaper printed up with that as the heading.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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