The most recent shift occurred in 1990, when Zaner-Bloser eliminated all superfluous adornments from the so-called Zanerian alphabet. “They were nice and pretty and cosmetic,” says Kathleen Wright, the company’s national product manager, “but that isn’t the purpose of handwriting anymore. The purpose is to get a thought across as quickly as possible.” One of the most radical overhauls was to Q, after the U.S. Postal Service complained that people’s sloppy handwriting frequently caused its employees to misread the capital letter as the number 2
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