Lowercase L Goes PsychoBy
You may remember the
slightly eccentric ever-talented William Levin launched possibly the daftest most creative Blogger weblog to date this summer—a site dedicated to charting the incorrect usage of lowercase letter “L”s in signage.
Well, it turns out that Mr Levin may be on to something.
According to his latest post, the misuse of lowercase and uppercase letters is actually a well-documented, psychological condition. And he even has an interview with a professional, Bart D. Brigidi, Ph.D., a research fellow in neuropsychology, to prove it:
The lowercase “l” is an interesting occurrence and maybe not as understudied as one would think. From a neuropsychological perspective, errors in writing fall under the umbrella term of dysgraphia…Dysgraphia is not uncommon for individuals with aphasia or childhood learning disorders. It usually refers to inconsistencies in letters, irregular letter sizes and shapes, mixing case or cursive with print, and incomplete or unfinished letters. This type of deficit must be out of sync with the person’s intelligence level and rarely occur in isolation outside of other learning impairments such as dyslexia. Very important is that dysgraphia must be differentiated from laziness, too.
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