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January 25, 2013

Qwerty: quirky or proper?

Filed under: another perspective,Funnies — hannah @ 5:42 am

Property comes first, on the top line of the qwerty keyboard and almost everywhere else in these United States. The “official” explantation for the apparently irrational placement of the letters of the alphabet on typewriter keys, which has been transitioned almost intact to computer keyboards, is that it was necessary to prevent early typists from typing so quickly that the keys would get hung up and stuck, making a real mess. So, perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the letters up top, in the first line, are those frequently employed in the business environment — including all the vowels, except the letter A which, standing for one, is obviously not an enterprise goal.

The rest of this post is to be credited to the spouse, whose quirky mind turns upon occasion to property, but not in the possessive way favored by our ownership society.

As I’m sure you know, the typewriter was developed and marketed as a business machine. Perhaps that’s why so many “business” words can be typed using only the top line, including PROPERTY

EQUITY

PROPRIETOR

and, most striking, TYPEWRITER

For your amusement, you might consider stringing together qwertyuiop words

OWE

WOE

WORRY

WIPEOUT

POWER

PREY

PITY

TRIPE

PERPETUITY

PERP

PROP

PIQUE

QUIT

QUITE

QUIET

I WE YOUR OUR

WE OWE OUR QUIET POWER TO PROPERTY OR PERPETUITY OR EQUITY

YOU PITY OUR PREY

WE PITY YOUR POOR PREY

YOU PREY, WE PREY

WE WORRY YOU WIPE OUT OUR POOR EQUITY

QUIT YOUR TRIPE

WE OWE OUR WOE TO YOU, OUR PROPRIETOR

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