24 Oct / There is no ‘i’ in ‘keyboard’
Seriously, there’s not. Look at this.
There it should be, snuck between the U and the O but instead it’s nowhere to be seen.
I like to think that the world doesn’t revolve around me but from the look of my keyboard my favourite letter in the world is quite obviously I.
The E is on its way out as well but that’s perfectly understandable being the commonest letter in the English alphabet and all. I know this thanks to reading Misery by Stephen King as a youngster and it having made a great impression upon me.
I also seem to recall that the second most used letter was R and unless Stephen King was deliberately misleading me, something which I cannot for the life of me fathom a reason for, then it should also be on the way out. It’s not.
The S is looking a bit shaky and the O looks like a second U tilted to one side, but the rest of the keyboard is feeling just fine and dandy, thank you very much.
Maybe I type words ending in “oise” a lot and that’s the source of my trouble.
The reason they’re wearing away at all can be firmly laid at the feet of my high school education where I was forced, along with the rest of my third form class, to learn to type for three months. Three months.
We learned with aprons covering our fingers, a large chart showing the location of letters on a keyboard on the wall, and manual typewriters. Only the last of those is relevant to my current complaint.
If you’ve built up the routine of hitting a key as hard as you can with your finger because if you don’t it won’t make a mark on the paper and also built up the muscle strength in those said fingers, you don’t just lose it because the technology changes.
Three months nearly thirty years ago and I still thump away at keys as though they need to depress a full inch. At least I’ve lost the habit of using Twink to cover up my mistakes. Messes up the screen, that.