View Poll Results: How Do You Hand Write The US Dollar Sign?
I use two lines to cross the "S" shape 71 37.37%
I use one lines to cross the "S" shape 114 60.00%
I don't cross the "S" shape at all 1 0.53%
I use some other method 4 2.11%
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:02 AM
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How Do You Hand Write the (US) Dollar Sign? One or Two Lines?

I put this here as I wanted to do a poll with it.

When I hand write the US Dollar sign I always cross the "S" shape with two lines.

I know computers use the one line such as this $

I also know some other currencies always use the two lines. But it seems to me it's done both ways when you hand write it, either one or two lines.

So how do you write a dollar sign?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:10 AM
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I usually use one line, but in tourist-y places in Mexico, where pesos and dollars are both accepted, I've seen two strokes for USD prices and one for peso prices to distinguish the two symbols.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:11 AM
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One. But two if I'm designing something cartoony, or am looking for an Old West feel.

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Old 12-05-2011, 06:12 AM
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I'm not sure if I've ever handwritten the US dollar sign. For the Canadian one, just a single vertical stroke.

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Old 12-05-2011, 06:14 AM
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When jotting down quick notes for my own reference, I use one line- but this is because my handwriting is small and rather closed (loops/curves/circles) and if I try for two lines it just becomes unreadable.

When I am making an effort to write nicely for either another person's reference or something that will be on display to be read, I use two lines- because that's what I think of as more "correct".


Although I do both, I voted for "two lines" in the poll because that's what I think of as proper whereas the single line is something I use for expediency and readability when only for my own reference.

Incidentally, not that it's authoritative or anything, but a Google Image search for "dollar sign" yields the "two lines" version for 4 of the first 10 results.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:17 AM
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I mistakenly voted 2 when I only meant 1. Can someone who wants to vote 2 choose 1 instead, to keep the stats correct?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:50 AM
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I always use two lines. I don't understand using one line, that's like not dotting i's or saying, "fuck it, I'm not drawing the middle bit of the 'H' any more.

I understand one line as a dollar sign, it just seems really strange to not put both lines to me.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:21 AM
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Yeahbut, it's only got one line through it on the keyboard. (Well, on my keyboard anyway. Both of them. I'll have to check the computers at home, now - I'm curious.)
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:25 AM
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I always use two lines. I don't understand using one line, that's like not dotting i's or saying, "fuck it, I'm not drawing the middle bit of the 'H' any more.

I understand one line as a dollar sign, it just seems really strange to not put both lines to me.
Ha ha. In my mind there are two, but I only write one. Apparently I do just give up at the last step and go, "That final strike is too far." I just leafed through some notes I scribbled, and the second line does not appear anywhere.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:43 AM
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I know computers use the one line such as this $
Depends on the font too. In the edit box, that shows up as a single line crossing the S. In the forum, the line is broken and only appears above and below the S.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:54 PM
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I make an S and then loop it upwards and down and half up again. All one line. I'm very lazy.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:27 PM
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A lot of older typewriters use the two-line dollar sign. That was where I learned what they should look like, so that's what I usually write.

For a long time I believed that the symbol was just the superposition of U and S (with the bottom of the U cut off), so I assumed that this was just the natural and correct way to write it. In recent years I've learned that this history of the $ symbol is generally considered hor$e$hit.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:26 AM
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It feels weird to cross a symbol twice, so I stick with once unless I'm likely to be misunderstood.

I also think it's easier to get one line directly in the middle than two on both sides, so my fancy writing is also only one stroke.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:23 AM
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US dollar sign

I found out that in US you should put two because it's a S with a U in it with the bottom part of the U cut off. See? It's now US! Either way works though. I use two and it never looks sloppy either..... One is too little though! It looks like not enough to me.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:29 AM
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I think the single line through the S was largely born of laziness, in my opinion. It's also how I do it. However, that was how I learned to do it.

I'd surmise similar reasoning when it comes to fonts, though I wonder if one line prints more legibly or resizes more cleanly?
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:57 AM
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I found out that in US you should put two because it's a S with a U in it with the bottom part of the U cut off. See? It's now US! Either way works though. I use two and it never looks sloppy either..... One is too little though! It looks like not enough to me.
And if you'd read the second to last post when you added this, you'd have found out that you're wrong!
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:36 AM
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Two, but I think it's cooler to use one.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:48 AM
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When I'm just writing down a dollar amount, I tend to use one line. When I'm spelling words with dollar signs to be cool, I'll often use two lines. Ke$ha's album covers (here and here) both have two lines in the dollar sign, so that's why I've started using the two lines more often.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:19 AM
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I may have used two lines on occasion, but almost always it's one line. In programming you write a lot of those things (or used to back in the day, now I just type a lot of those things).
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:46 AM
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I think officially 2 lines but most use just one.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:51 PM
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Either according to my mood or hurry at the time.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:08 PM
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I use one line since my handwriting isn't that great and the second line is likely to look like a one next to the dollar sign. Actually, I started doing it because I realized that when I was reading other people's bad handwriting that was the mistake I was making.
Also, I make a line through my Zs so they don't look like 2s. But that's from math classes. I hated having a page look differential equation and finding out that somewhere in the middle I started writing 2 instead of Z. Putting a line through it stopped that.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:16 PM
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Used two lines when I was a kid, but somewhere along the way I switched to using just one.

And I put lines through 0s, to distinguish them from Os (Navy habit); through Zs, to distinguish them from 2s (don't know where I acquired that habit); and through 7s (high-school German class habit).
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:21 PM
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Two: one short one at the top and another short one at the bottom.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:18 PM
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I used to write it with two, but out of sheer laziness I now write it with one.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:53 PM
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Hmmmm. I really had to think about that! And then write it because I couldn't remember! Two.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:37 PM
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Oddly enough, I'm inconsistent. A lot of times I'll write it with one line, and then decide that it looks funny or the line isn't straight and add a second line. Then I'll decide that two lines is hard to read and do one line the next time. A handwriting analyst would have a field day with me. (If handwriting analysis were a real thing.)

I find it surprising that so many people think that two lines is the "official" way, especially since most fonts and keyboards seem to use one line. I'm also surprised that both ways seem to be original. I would have expected one form to have developed first, but it seems to have been an individual variation in handwriting from the beginning.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:14 PM
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One for speed, two for illustration.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Chopper9760 View Post
I always use two lines. I don't understand using one line, that's like not dotting i's or saying, "fuck it, I'm not drawing the middle bit of the 'H' any more.

I understand one line as a dollar sign, it just seems really strange to not put both lines to me.
Jesus. Looking over some crap I've written, and I realized I don't dot my i's either!
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