The Pat ern of Wor s

by blogasana on February 24, 2010

A wacky, possibly psychological, most likely meaningless pattern of forgetting a letter in a word.


Recess has allowed me the time to do a lot of writing – you know, that thing we used to do with a pen on a piece of paper?

Journaling, idea fountains (a metaphor for brainstorming… which is a metaphor), mapping patterns, and (hopefully) writing a letter or two this week to friends.

And one of the things I’ve noticed is a habit of forg tting a let er in a word and then immedi tely go ng back to fill it in.

Now, this might not seem that strange… the brain works a bajillion times faster than our fingers. But the pattern of forgetting and then going back to fill it in is noticeable and has me wondering.

A few years ago we had a Book Club month on Vilama Rodgers’ book Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life.

Very interesting questionable, but compelling enough to play with.

Her basic premise is that by changing the loops and curves and connections of your letters you can draw in (and minimize) certain qualities in your life.

One of the most critical points in the book is related to the final direction of movement with the pen.

For an ‘o’, the instruction is to start at the top of the letter, circle down to the right and back up on the left, meeting the starting point exact. For a ‘q’, make the bubble from top right, to the left, and back up, straight down and loop the stem to the right and up, then make a mini loop circling down and around to the right. Like you’re tying a little knot. It’s important to end every letter to the right.

Ending to the right = moving forward. Ending the movement of the pen to the left = being stuck or sucked into the past.

So with my missi g letters, I end up going back to fill in.

This can’t be good.

As a temporary remedy, I have begun to scratch out the entire word and rewrite it whole.

Another idea is to track the letters and look for a pattern.

Do you have any ideas?

H lp!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

journey4yogis February 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Maybe this isn’t about going backward (negative).

Maybe this is about slowing down, noticing, taking the time to be clear (positive!). Maybe your wise deep brain is using this letter trick to slow the process of your speedy surface brain?

Can’t you just see that wise old mind laughing at your monkey brain for trying to move along so quickly, and sticking its foot out to trip ‘you’ up?



Josiane February 25, 2010 at 1:06 am

What would be awesome would be to collect all the missing letters over a day and to realise that, put together in the order in which they occured, they’re forming a message! I wonder what your brain might be secretly trying to tell you? :)


elizabeth February 25, 2010 at 3:05 am

I read that book a month or so ago and have been playing with it. Wacky, but the stories were intriguing enough for me to give it a try. At first, I could barely write, because for every single letter, I was trying to remember how on earth I was supposed to write it.

I am intrigued by @journey4yogis thought about the missing letters. Partly because for me, that is why I prefer to type instead of write. I can type faster, so I can keep up with my thoughts. In writing, it is much harder. And I can see where forgetting a letter and going back might temporarily pause your mind.

Of course, it would also be fun to note what letters, and see if it is always the same letters.

Do keep us posted on any findings!


blogasana February 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

you guys are brilliant.

@erin – of course! wise mind laughing at monkey! thank you for the reframe.

@josiane – briiiiilaaant! i can hardly wait to do this! secret message! secret message!!!!

@elizabeth – wacky, huh? i know what you mean… it took me forever to write a sentence after i read it! perfect loops, tying the letter back to the right… keep me posted on how your play with it goes, too!


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