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With everything becoming so dependent on technology, soon kids will be taught that the alphabet goes 'QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM,' amirite?

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you slid your finger across the keyboard to type the "alphabet", amirite?

enter nerd mode the entire reason QWERTY keyboards exists is to be as inconvenient as possible (I'm not making this up), and doing something like that would entirely defeat the purpose. exit nerd mode

@shorkian enter nerd mode the entire reason QWERTY keyboards exists is to be as inconvenient as possible (I'm not making...

is always in nerd mode Actually, QWERTY keyboards were designed to be more efficient because the most common letter combinations are separated, so the typewriter keys would not get jammed as often.

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@shorkian Well, I meant inconvenient as in as hard as possible to go fast enough to jam your keys.

The typewriter keys got jammed because the mechanism used to type would be more likely to jam if two keys near each other were pressed in quick succession. By placing the keys on opposite sides of the keyboard, it allowed people to type faster with fewer key jams.

@shorkian Which is what I meant by incovinient. It slows you down to reduce jams.

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It isn't slowing you down. You're alternating hands as much as possible so the mechanism doesn't jam as much. Once you get used to it, it's actually faster to type on a typewriter with the QWERTY keyboard than with an alphabetically arranged keyboard.

@SpelingChampien It isn't slowing you down. You're alternating hands as much as possible so the mechanism doesn't jam as much...

That's the problem. It's, by design, the hardest combination to get used to. It does this to stop you from jamming keys.

@shorkian That's the problem. It's, by design, the hardest combination to get used to. It does this to stop you from jamming keys.

But once you're used to it, you type faster than you would on an alphabetical keyboard because there are fewer jams and your hands alternate as much as possible.

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So? Everybody has different alphabets now, too...

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There is no comma in the alphabet.

@Adria

The comma was inside the quotations, so I just assumed it was grammatically correct and that a comma is part of the alphabet.

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