BURLINGTON, VT—After nearly 30 years of forming his 2s in a  "sober, ordinary" fashion, local resident Howard Shorn announced his intention Monday to begin placing a small curl at the bottom of the popular number.

"This was a big decision for me, and I hope that people, mainly those I send checks to, will support it," said Shorn, whose last shift in numeral-writing  technique came nearly five years ago when he began making his 8s with a single interconnecting curvy line rather than two separate circles.

"I think I've paid my dues and have earned the right to let my 2s bottom out with a flourish." Shorn added that if everything transitions smoothly, by late February 2010 he intends to completely overhaul the "H" in his signature.