Block letters

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For other uses, see Block letters (disambiguation). Block letters_sentence_0

Block letters (known as printscript, manuscript, print writing or ball and stick in academics) are a sans-serif (or "gothic") style of writing Latin script in which the letters are individual glyphs, with no joining. Block letters_sentence_1

In English-speaking countries, children are often first taught to write in block letters, and later may be taught cursive (joined) writing. Block letters_sentence_2

On official forms, one is often asked to "please print". Block letters_sentence_3

This is because cursive handwriting is harder to read, and the glyphs are joined so they do not fit neatly into separate boxes. Block letters_sentence_4

Block letters may also be used as a synonym of block capitals, which means writing in all capital letters or in large and small capital letters, imitating the style of typeset capital letters. Block letters_sentence_5

This is not a necessary implication, however: in at least one court case involving patents, trademarks and registration of designs, the term "block letters" was found to include both upper and lower case. Block letters_sentence_6

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