Friday, April 19, 2013

QWERTY -- Fri., Apr. 19

Surely if you've taken a typing class you recognize QWERTY. On the standard English language typewriter keyboard layout, q, w, e, r, t, and y are positioned on the top row of alphabetic characters on the left side of the keyboard. I never knew qwerty was an actual word in the dictionary until I started  playing a lot of Scrabble online. But it is a word.

QWERTY keyboard
From Online Etymology Dictionary:

1929, from the first six keys on a standard typewriter keyboard, read as though text, from top left. Mechanical typewriter patented 1867; the QWERTY layout itself is said to date to 1887; it is not meant to slow down typists, but to separate the letters in common digraphs (-sh-, -ck-, etc.) to reduce jamming of swing-arms in old-style machines. It actually speeds typing by requiring alternate-hand strokes, which is one reason why the alternative DVORAK keyboard is not appreciably faster. Remnants of the original alphabetic typewriter keyboard remain in the second row of letter keys: FGH-JKL. The Fr. standard was AZERTY; in Ger., QWERTZ;in It., QZERTY.

NOTE: Please read below the citations below for the rest of our day.


American Psychological Association (APA):

qwerty. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved April 19, 2013, from website:

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

qwerty. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. (accessed: April 19, 2013).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"qwerty." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 19 Apr. 2013. <>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):, "qwerty," in Online Etymology Dictionary. Source location: Douglas Harper, Historian. Available: Accessed: April 19, 2013.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

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    title = {Online Etymology Dictionary},
    month = {Apr},
    day = {19},
    year = {2013},
    url = {},


In other news, after doing the laundry this evening, we went to Papa John's and picked up a pizza (FREE!). Driving back to the RV park, we saw a blimp flying over San Antonio. We ate outside at our site's picnic table. After we finished eating, the blimp flew right past the RV park. I ran inside, grabbed my camera, and SNAP!; took a photo.

Blimp over San Antonio, Texas.
Click the photo to enlarge it. You can see the cabin hanging on the bottom side, a U.S. flag flying at the back, and the two lines hanging down from the front are for landing and tying down the blimp. I know, I've been up in one. 

When we were kids my dad worked for Goodyear and our family rode over Los Angeles in the Goodyear Blimp. What a thrill! Not many people can say they've done that.

Travel Bug out.