I don't put much stock in the pseudoscience of graphology
, but I admit there's just something intriguing about handwritten notes, and angry notes in particular. Small details — the extra pressure applied to a furious double underline, for example — become telling insights into the writer's state of mind, and these details are what elevate what might otherwise be a mildly eccentric missive into full-blown masterpiece of passive-aggression.
This is particularly evident within a genre of more-aggressive-than-passive notes I've collected and filed under the header of "crazy old man" — and noticable enough to confuse at least one reader of Passiveaggressivenotes.com. "I love your site, but I am curious as to why many of the notes have the same backhand slant/distinctive printing. Is it because original notes are illegible? I thought maybe you are recreating the notes so they can be seen in the photos."
Nope, I responded — they're all 100% original. When I took a look back through my archives, however, I realized her suspicions weren't totally off-base. To wit:
A little creepy, right?