handwrite noun Handwriting, style of penmanship.
1973 GSMNP-83:26. They was sixty words wrote, and they was two handwrites. 1995 Montgomery Coll. He had a good handwrite [= cursive writing] (Cardwell).
[OED handwrite n Scot, Irel and U.S. 1483-; cf SND hand of write (at hand 8 (18)); CUD; DARE chiefly South, South Midland]
The girls are continuing to work on their first real cd. Recently they’ve gave the old ballad My Dearest Dear, sometimes called The Blackest Crow, a try. What a song! If you’ve never had the good fortune of hearing it click here to see a video of The Pressley Girls singing it and you can read a story I wrote about the song as well.
The words of the song are so beautiful…and heart wrenching. I guess that’s how most ballads are.
The last lines of the song:
And when you’re on some distant shore think of your absent friend And when the wind blows high and clear a light to me pray send And when the wind blows high and clear pray send your love to me That I might know by your handwrite how time has gone with thee.
The longing in that part of the song gets me every time.
The word handwrite to describe one’s handwriting is no longer used in my area. Actually I’ve never heard it used in conversation-only in the song.
After listening to the rough cut of the girls’ first recording of the song I got to thinking about handwrite.
I could pick Granny and Pap’s handwrite out anywhere. I’m pretty sure I could pick Paul’s too and maybe even Steve’s. Could I pick out the girls’ handwrite? I don’t think so. The Deer Hunter’s probably.
It’s no secret handwriting has fallen by the wayside for lots of folks. Schools in my area don’t even teach cursive writing anymore. If the girls have something written in cursive they typically ask me to translate for them. I think that’s sad, but if you give me the option of typing or writing I’ll choose typing every time so I certainly can’t say I’m doing anything to foster the continued tradition of individual handwrites.