February 26, 2014 | Review Period
I Write With My Feet!
On lifelong language habits I have had.
When I learned to type at 13, for a long, long time I used to fake-type sentences as I heard them, moving my fingers slightly as if I was sitting at a keyboard.
I would try to type as fast as a moving conversation! I would fake-type what the teacher was saying in class! I would fake-type snippets of television! I would even fake-type as I was going to sleep (which is not relaxing!).
Recent Snowy Night: Me Doing Arabic Pimsleur on a Run in My Building’s Hallways
I think this habit may be why my typing speed quickly got up to 90+ words per minute. If you do anything all the time, you are likely to get pretty good at it!
I still sometimes fake-type even now.
Also, my whole life I have written with my feet. What I mean is that I often move my right foot (I am primarily right-footed, it seems) to form words like “hello” or “Ellen” or other random things that pop into my head. (Only cursive, of course—no printing.)
I guess I always figured everyone did this with their feet, but I finally thought to ask my husband the other day, and he said he doesn’t. He was surprised to learn what my right foot had been up to all these years.
Do you write with your feet?
I sometimes even foot-write complete sentences: lazy, loopy sentences, my ankles and toes revolving and sometimes even adding in the punctuation at the end. I enjoy extending my toes to punch in a little dot for the period. It’s fun.
I don’t fake-handwrite; I only fake-footwrite.