Quirky Qwerty: A Biography of the Typewriter and Its Many Characters

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This charming book whisks the reader through a fascinating, lighthearted history of an object most people take for granted: the keyboard. Recounting the development of "Qwerty," the modern typing system millions use everyday-named for the first six letters on the keyboard, Q.W.E.R.T.Y.-Torbjörn Lundmark taps out a neat archaeology of each letter and symbol and brings the discussion into the twenty-first century by addressing the role of punctuation in the digital age. Lundmark's vast knowledge, solid research, ...
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Overview

This charming book whisks the reader through a fascinating, lighthearted history of an object most people take for granted: the keyboard. Recounting the development of "Qwerty," the modern typing system millions use everyday-named for the first six letters on the keyboard, Q.W.E.R.T.Y.-Torbjörn Lundmark taps out a neat archaeology of each letter and symbol and brings the discussion into the twenty-first century by addressing the role of punctuation in the digital age. Lundmark's vast knowledge, solid research, and friendly, digestible style make this a perfect book for both the casual word-buff and the experienced linguist.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142002704
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Torbjörn Lundmark, born in Sweden, studied languages at the University of Uppsala and was on the philological faculty at Voronezh University. A professional writer for both children and adults he is also an illustrator and cartoonist.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 8
Mill to Sholes How the QWERTY keyboard was invented 10
A to Z The alphabet 20
[tilde] to ^ Diacritics: add-ons to the alphabet 32
! to ? Punctuation 39
@ to & Symbols 46
0 to 9 Numerals 48
Q to M Letters on the keyboard 54
! to [Euro dollar] Punctuation marks and symbols on the keyboard and beyond 104
! to ÿ Character codes and key combinations 162
Allen to Wortham Sources 169
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