etaoin shrdlu

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From the arrangement of letters on the keyboard of a Linotype machine—typesetters would mark errors by running their fingers across the keys, and the results would sometimes accidentally find their way into print.


etaoin shrdlu (plural etaoin shrdlus)

  1. Nonsense, filler text, or an example of accidental typing.
    • 1989, Alex Brown, In print: text and type[1], page 137:
      You can see why compositors reflexively filled lines to be corrected with etaoin shrdlus.

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