from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or designating the traditional configuration of typewriter or computer keyboard keys.

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  • adj. Alternative capitalization of qwerty


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From the first six letters at the upper left.


  • The Dvorak Zine has a free comic that narrates the storied history of the miserable QWERTY layout and its superior cousin, Dvorak, which practically no one uses, despite that fact that QWERTY is slow, gives you RSI, and is the keyboard layout most frequently employed by baby-eating sociopaths.

    Boing Boing

  • U.S. customers can now order the first two editions of Treo - the Treo 180 with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, and the

    Handspring Treo now available

  • This layout is commonly called QWERTY after the order of the first few letters on its top row.

  • Amos Densmore, and educator and brother of Sholes 'main investor, conducted a study of letter pairings and came up with information that led Sholes to create what we now know as the QWERTY keyboard (so-called for the first 6 letters on the top row of letters on the keyboard), which was added to his patent for improvements on the typewriter in 1878.

    Kate Kelly: Why Our 21st Century Keyboards Retain Vestiges of the Past

  • Our modern keyboard designknown as QWERTY for its first row of letter keyswas designed in 1868 by printer Christopher Sholes for use on manual typewriters.

    Behind The Blank Slate THIS DOES NOT SYNDICATE

  • Our story concerns the history of the standard typewriter keyboard, commonly known as QWERTY, and its more recent rival, the Dvorak keyboard.

  • Tired: Text-entry screen is alphabetical instead of QWERTY, which is just A-B-C-Dumb.

  • Most smartphones use some variation of the standard "QWERTY" computer keyboard, either as a touch screen like the iPhone or as raised keys located below the main display or on a slide-out keyboard.

    Jason Alderman: To Smartphone, or Not to Smartphone?

  • Which leads me to remember my favorite typewriter-sales story, which I heard as a rumor and have not even bothered to investigate -- because it's so much more fun to believe the conspiracy-theory nature of it: part of the reason we have such a crazy "QWERTY" keyboard design is the fact that the typewriter salesmen did not know how to type.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

  • But the "QWERTY" keyboard so named for the arrangement of the first six keys isn't the only possible option.

    Courtesy Computer History Museum Kenbak...


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