Posted by R. Berg on November 15, 2003
In Reply to: Cursive posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 14, 2003
: : : : : What is the meaning of joined-up writing.
: : : : : thank you.
: : : : Sorry, I've never heard that expression. Anyone?
: : : This is where I found it. thanks.
: : : 'Now, how many autographs would you like? I can do joined-up writing now, you know!'
: : OK. It sound like it is referring to cursive writing (like the big kids do) rather than the block printing we all started out with.
: That's Gilderoy Lockhart who said that (after he had wiped his own memory clean using Ron's broken wand), in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I had never heard the expression before either, but I took it to mean cursive writing.
Cursive writing is called joined-up because adjacent letters in a word are connected (surprise!). The editors of the Oxford English Dictionary are soliciting examples of the phrase "joined-up writing" that can be shown to antedate 1983.