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QWERTY

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/kwer'tee/ (From the top left row of letter keys of most keyboards) Pertaining to a standard English-language typewriter keyboard (sometimes called the Sholes keyboard after its inventor), as opposed to Dvorak or foreign-language layouts (e.g. "keyboard AZERTY" in french-speaking countries) or a space-cadet keyboard or APL keyboard.

The QWERTY layout is a fine example of a fossil. It is sometimes said that it was designed to slow down the typist, but this is wrong; it was designed to allow *faster* typing - under a constraint now long obsolete. In early typewriters, fast typing using nearby type-bars jammed the mechanism. So Sholes fiddled the layout to separate the letters of many common digraphs (he did a far from perfect job, though; "th", "tr", "ed", and "er", for example, each use two nearby keys). Also, putting the letters of "typewriter" on one line allowed it to be typed with particular speed and accuracy for demos. The jamming problem was essentially solved soon afterward by a suitable use of springs, but the keyboard layout lives on.
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For example, PROTEROTYPE is one of the longest words which can be typed on the QWERTYUIOP row, FLAGFALLS is one of the longest words which can be typed on the ASDFGHJKL row, and BZZZBZZZ is the longest word which can be typed on the ZXCVBNM row.
He then sent himself the world's first email - QWERTYUIOP, the top line of letters on a keyboard.
I know it is cheaper (ten pence a minute to text, anything from 20p to a small mortgage to talk) but why bother to write a message using a phenomenally awkward keypad - there's no qwertyuiop in the digital age - when you can pick up the phone and talk?
Letters used only once Letters repeated Rows 1 & 2: 12 letters : 20 letters : QWERTYUIOP FARSIGHTEDLY (W3) GASTROHYSTERORRHAPHY (W2) ASDFGHJKL HYDROSULFITE (W3) SUPERULTRAFROSTIFIED (W2) TRIADELPHOUS (W3) Rows 1 & 3: 11 letters : 19 letters : QWERTYUIOP PYROBITUMEN (W3) PYOPNEUMOPERITONEUM (W2) ZXCVBNM Rows 2 & 3: 7 letters : 12 letters : ASDFGHJKL SCHMALZ (W3) CASSABANANAS (W3) ZXCVBNM
They might as well have called the show qwertyuiop.