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GuyBarry
1314560.  Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:49 pm Reply with quote

IMDb has it.

 
Jenny
1314564.  Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:57 pm Reply with quote

Thanks Guy - I actually went and looked there.

 
Simon C
1314594.  Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:57 am Reply with quote

Beaten to it! I spotted the name in a TVTimes listing for the film The Mercenaries, but needed IMDb to tell me who it really was.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1314610.  Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:30 am Reply with quote

The Zamonia book series by Walter Moers (at least the first of which has been translated, as The 13 1/2 Lives Of Captain Bluebear, and is well worth reading) features an amoeboid alien by the name of Qwert Zuiopü or, in the English translation, Qwerty Uiop. It's always struck me as one of the more fun ways of coming up with a name for a very strange alien in a very strange universe.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Simon C
1314853.  Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:58 am Reply with quote

In a standard qwertyuiop keyboard, the word "typewriter" can be generated by using only the upper alphabetic row of keys. I believe - though I don't know how I would prove - that although there are other words of the same length which may be produced this way (e.g. "perpetuity") there are no words of more than ten letters which can be produced in this way.

 
suze
1314862.  Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:22 am Reply with quote

The way to prove it would be to get yourself a big dictionary and check every word to see if it fits and is longer than ten letters. Fortunately for you, people using computers have already done it.

They found the word RUPTUREWORT, containing eleven letters. It's a plant related to the carnation, scientific name Herniaria glabra, and it gets its common name because it contains a chemical which was at one time used in the treatment of hernias.

POWERTRIPPER (twelve letters) is occasionally suggested. There are a handful of citations, but it's not in any of the major dictionaries at this time.

 
Simon C
1315818.  Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:33 am Reply with quote

You're right, though that would only be a way to prove it wrong.

 
suze
1317002.  Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:52 pm Reply with quote

Further typewriter related trivia ...

Those who have been following the British government's attempt to leave the European Union may have heard the word prorogation this afternoon. That is the term for the ending of a session of Parliament.

The terminology of the Parliament of Canada is in most cases borrowed directly from that of Westminster, but in this matter there is a slight difference. In Canada, the noun from to prorogue is proroguement rather than prorogation.

Proroguement is the longest word in which every letter is properly typed with alternating hands. (Thanks to Mr J Eggshaped for this one.)

 
Blaze
1320564.  Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:26 pm Reply with quote

Simon C wrote:
In a standard qwertyuiop keyboard, the word "typewriter" can be generated by using only the upper alphabetic row of keys.


I was reading through the entire thread, thinking I would be the first to post that, but you beat me :)

Also, previously people were discussing WPM - I once managed 101, but that was with A LOT of practice.

 
cornixt
1320742.  Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:12 am Reply with quote

If the word is "a" then I could do a lot more than 101. If not, then I'd be in the lower region of the double digits.

 
Blaze
1320828.  Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:32 pm Reply with quote

Anyone can get 101 just doing “a”, but with lots of practice, I also managed to do it with “I”!

I was using this site, which is a bit easier than some, because you don’t have to worry about capitalisation or punctuation:
https://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu/

And even with tons of practice and a really fancy keyboard, I’m probably averaging closer to 80 most of the time. 101 was a lucky fluke.

 
Jenny
1320846.  Wed May 01, 2019 8:57 am Reply with quote

According to that site I type at 80 words a minute, if you don't count two words I made mistakes on. However, it might have been a tad quicker if I hadn't had a cat sitting over my left wrist halfway through it.

 
Blaze
1320877.  Wed May 01, 2019 8:43 pm Reply with quote

That’s really good. If you didn’t have the cat on you, it probably wouldn’t take you long to beat my record.

 
tetsabb
1320886.  Thu May 02, 2019 2:43 am Reply with quote

Are you sure the cat was not helping in its own sweet way? More relaxed, lower blood pressure and so forth?

 
Jenny
1321095.  Mon May 06, 2019 10:30 am Reply with quote

I'm sure she was convinced that was the case.

 

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