Sigma, 's' or "byzantine c" (ς)? What's the verdict?
I just found this site trying to learn how to write the Greek alphabet: https://www.foundalis.com/lan/hw/grkhandw.htm
It suggests that nobody writes Sigma (the ending form) as a Byzantine c (ς), but rather write "s". Since I see the "ς" everywhere online, and my Greek keyboard on my phone uses it, does this mean that there's a difference only in handwriting, or is foundalis.com simply incorrect?
Indeed in casual writing, Greeks mostly write an ending sigma as an "s". The calligraphic form "ς" might be written so by someone who writes better, mostly girls and women, while the byzantine "c" is only see in older-style Orthodox texts as well on hagiographies on churches' walls. Also taking a look on that website, it presents a handwriting character of not so good quality; it looks more like outlines and filling from a 1st grade book. Also along with the forms presented there, of whatever quality, β also has a second cursive but common as well form (ϐ) like a mirrored cursive theta (ϑ).(Again not exactly as in computer font)
Thanks for the reply, and for the confirmation. So, if I want to, I can still use the "ς" when writing by hand? Or will I simply be looked upon like some weirdo? Haha.
Also, do you know a better source for the letters than foundalis, considering your critique (which I trust is valid). I also found one on Wikihow, but that one didn't present either "ς" nor "s" in relation to Sigma - so I dismissed it altogether.
Both ς and s are fine. After all, I can assure you that every person has their own handwriting style.
Mine tends to be even stranger since I always write x instead of χ, keeping the whole letter above the line, while my κ looks more like a Latin u. I also write り instead of η and something like 子 instead of ξ. Nonetheless, my handwriting is considered very neat by other native speakers. :-)
Great input! I'll stick with the "ς" then, as I rather like it. I still have very, very varied handwriting, and I wrote this as an example: http://i63.tinypic.com/2rgnuis.jpg (not by any means neat in any of the forms though). Perhaps because I stopped writing by hand around the age of 11 and 99.9999% of my writing has been done on a keyboard ever since.
Looking forward to coming back to Greece but this time to live there, and experiencing the clear challenges I'll have with understanding peoples handwriting due to the letter variations! :D
Everybody has their own handwriting. I write the letter ψ like this: ψ, while some other write it like this: y. Some people write the letter Ω like this, while some others, like me for example, write it like an Ο with a line below it. Nobody will think you are a weirdo.