I was scribbling a grocery list last night and my wife, with her master's in English education and service as a middle school teacher, kept asking me what every other word was. I thought I was being clear with my writing (she was looking at the list upside-down), and I said, "I'm sorry I'm not enunciating my writing enough."
But then I said, "Not enunciate, but whatever the equivalent is for enunciation with handwriting. So what is that then, huh?" And we were both stumped.
My thoughts were:
- Clarity, but I would interpret "writing clearly" to mean something more like writing concisely, or
- Penmanship, but the definitions I found online for that were, "the art or skill of writing by hand." That's not exactly right either, as I think a lot of calligraphy (calligraphy, not cursive) is actually hard to read because the lettering flair obscures the shape of the letter.
- Legible, this seems to be the closest to what I'm looking for, but legible means, "clear enough to read," where what I'm looking for isn't necessarily to make it clear enough to read, but rather just to make the letters more distinct, like enunciating a word might make the sounds more distinct.
So, is there any word that conveys this? Enunciate makes the sounds in a word more clear when spoken, ____ makes the letters in a word more clear when written.