This one is for our dear primary teachers who refused to admit we would all be typing soon, and that our unreadable handwriting wasn’t that big of a deal. If the doctor’s handwriting wasn’t proof enough that it could always be worse, please meet Russian cursive.

When the Twitter user Christian shared a couple of images with the caption “Losing my mind after learning about Russian cursive,” we initially thought it’s either a fragment from the Voynich manuscript, aka hand-written scribble that hasn’t been unraveled yet, or someone was trying to get a brand new ballpoint pen flowing.

But as soon as Twitter users started sharing their own examples of Russian handwriting, we realized this is as serious as it gets. So when someone ever mentions your cursive again, tell ‘em there’s a thing like a doctor’s notice in Russian. And trust me, you’re good.

Christian tweeted that he’d lost his mind over how crazy Russian cursive is, and the post went viral

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People joined the thread and posted more baffling examples of handwriting in Russian

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If writing cursive wasn’t hard enough already, Russian cursive takes it to a whole new level.

But Russians still write by hand a lot. Natasha Alexandrova, a Russian language teacher and the author of Russian Step By Step, claims that “learning cursive writing gives you an insight into the Russian way of doing it.”

She explains: “Any Russian who went to school will gladly reminisce about the school years when they used Propisi and learned how to hand-write correctly (some have fond memories while others remember rewriting those letters a million times until they were perfect), but everyone had that experience.”

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Someone pointed out that Trump’s signature has an uncanny resemblance to Russian cursive

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Apparently, writing by hand is part of the growing process in Russian culture and learning it marks an important milestone in a child’s education and development.

It turns out, writing by hand is so widely popular in Russia that people still write letters, postcards, post-its, notes to family and friends, recipes, contact information, addresses, and shopping lists.

Russian cursive makes this doctor’s notice super baffling

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More people shared their handwriting

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If you plan to visit Russia and think that print would suffice, you may be wrong. Natasha suggests that “you will encounter handwritten signs and even names of stores, stations, and other important things printed in fonts that mimic the handwriting.”

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