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American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes (1819–1890), who came up with the qwerty keyboard[1]
An 1873 Sholes typewriter featuring a qwerty keyboard[2]

From the first six letters on the top row of such a keyboard.



qwerty (not comparable)

  1. Denoting a standard layout of keys on a keyboard for typing, in which the leftmost keys of the top lettered row are Q-W-E-R-T-Y.
    • 1978, Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, and Jay E[lwood] Daily, editors, Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, volume 24 (Printers and Printing to Public Policy, Copyright), New York, N.Y.; Basel: Marcel Dekker, ISBN 978-0-8247-2024-7, page 109:
      It was the Monotype model D keyboard introduced in 1907 which became the standard for printers, with a "qwerty" typewriter lay and removable keybars which made the keyboard independent of the matrix case arrangement.
    • 1984, Jerry [Eugene] Pournelle, The Users Guide to Small Computers (Pournelle Users Guide; #1), New York, N.Y.: Baen Enterprises, ISBN 978-0-671-55908-3, page 66:
      There follows a certain amount of irrelevant material condemning the QWERTYUIOP keyboard. It's not that it isn't true: we all know that not only is QWERTYUIOP not optimum for touch typing, but that it was designed that way!
    • 1997, Tony Lawson, “Illustration”, in Economics and Reality, London; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-15420-8, page 249:
      In the case of the QWERTYUIOP keyboard, specifically, the obvious questions to pursue are (1) why this particular keyboard letter arrangement came about in the first place (rather than something else), and (2) how it (rather than something else) came to dominate, or became apparently 'locked-in'.
    • 1998 December, Bruce Sterling, Distraction: A Novel (Bantam Spectra Book), New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books, ISBN 978-0-553-10484-4; Bantam mass market edition, New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books, October 1999, ISBN 978-0-553-57639-9, page 382:
      Oscar had been assured many times that the venerable QWERTYUIOP keyboard design would never, ever be replaced. Supposedly, this was due to a phenomenon called "technological lock-in." QWERTYUIOP was a horribly bad design for a keyboard—in fact, QWERTYUIOP was deliberately designed to hamper typists—but the effort required to learn it was so crushing that people would never sacrifice it.

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  1. ^ Frontispiece of Charles E[dward] Weller (1918) The Early History of the Typewriter, La Porte, Ind.: Chase & Shepard, printers, OCLC 3903756.
  2. ^ From George Iles (1912) Leading American Inventors. With Fifteen Portraits and Many Illustrations, New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt and Company, OCLC 493309003.

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qwerty m (plural qwertys)

  1. a qwerty keyboard