I learned to type in 7th grade. I was one of only a few boys in the class as it was still considered a girl’s elective in 1972. I loved the class, was secretly in love with the teacher, and still consider it one of the most useful classes I took in middle school.
There was just one problem. For months, I became obsessed with the keyboard in my brain. Every thought had to be typed out. I would become preoccupied with words I could type with my right or left hand, or only using one row of keys. I was like a kid who practices slow-motion baseball pitches in the supermarket except nobody could see me tapping away in my h-e-a-d.
This post is a raw look at my brain on typing.
As stated above, TYPEWRITER can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard. Other common and less common ten-letter words are:
TEETER-TOTTER (12 letters) is possible if hyphens are allowed. Words not likely found in dictionaries would be POWERTRIPPER (12 letters) and TEETER-TOTTERER (14 letters).
As there are no vowels on the bottom row, the only word that can be typed is ZZZ, the sound of snoring or sleeping.
At any rate, I can still type pretty fast. The skill I learned on those old manual typewriters so many years ago has served me well. Even n-o-w.
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