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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:

qwerty
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.

References:

American Psychological Association (APA):

qwerty. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved April 19, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/qwerty

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

qwerty. Dictionary.com. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/qwerty (accessed: April 19, 2013).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"qwerty." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 19 Apr. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/qwerty>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

Dictionary.com, "qwerty," in Online Etymology Dictionary. Source location: Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/qwerty. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com. Accessed: April 19, 2013.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@article {Dictionary.com2013,
    title = {Online Etymology Dictionary},
    month = {Apr},
    day = {19},
    year = {2013},
    url = {http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/qwerty},
}

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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.

16 comments:

  1. I certainly can't say I've ever been in one, in fact I've never seen one in person only pictures!!

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  2. I've got a Q word for you. It's Qwirkle. It's the name of a board game I saw when we worked our 3 weeks at Amazon. You can find it at Target. We like playing the game. It's kind of a mind stimulating game. I think you'd like it!

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    1. Qwirkle...I like it already. We'll look for it. Of course if our paths ever cross we can play it with you.

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  3. Yes, and as you may well have discovered whenever you might like to use the computer in a hotel lobby far from home, it can be a challenge to use a non "Qwerty" keyboard. It's amazing what we can get used to without realising it. Then there can be the challenge of just finding the "at" symbol!

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  4. That would be a thrill to ride in a blimp. I have seen the Goodyear Blimp a few times but blimps are so rarely seen in general.

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    1. We were kids so it was pretty exciting to go up in it. Something so totally different.

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  5. I love to say the word QWERTY !!!


    www.wearinglemon.blogspot.com

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    1. It is kind of fun. I like the name of the game Qwirkle that Steve and Joan mentioned too.

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  6. Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

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    1. Juliet,
      Thank you for stopping by on the A-Z Challenge.

      TravelBug-Susan

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  7. I had bee in one of those blimps or dirigible as they call it in CA. We had a tour over San Francisco and Oakland and that was our birthday gift to each other. It was a fun ride.
    Thanks for the QWERTY lesson.
    _monaliza

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  8. Hey we saw that blimp over Austin two days ago! I wonder if it's the same one?

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    1. Probably. There aren't that many blimps around and Austin isn't that far from San Antonio.

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  9. I've seen blimps many times but have not ridden in one.

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    1. For a price you probably could if you wanted to.

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