Recently while doing a search on “Star Wars Rebels” I noticed how except for a single letter the whole thing is typed by the left hand. Conscious of this, I noticed in a later search on “Stargate” the whole thing was a left-hand word. So any single-hand words that you particularly notice?
I type the letters “r” and “b” in “rebels” with my right hand, but maybe my form of typing is idiosyncratic. When my hands are in typing position, my left hand is facing forward, with my fingertips pointed nearly straight towards the top of the keyboard, but my right hand is tilted over to the left, at about a 45 degree angle counterclockwise. I always reach over with my right index finger to type the letter “b.”
‘Stewardesses’ is a bit of typewriter trivia, but I can’t say I type it very often.
Hm. “B” I can see–the reach isn’t bad. But “r”? That one’s a huge stretch for me–I can’t even keep my right hand on the home keys and still reach that one. (I was assuming from the question the standard touch-typing fingers on a QWERTY keyboard–that may have been a hasty assumption.)
I’m sorry, I meant the letters L and B. Not R and B.
Attempting now to type with the left hand only, within the perimeters of my usual hand positioning, and allowing for the right hand to hit “enter”, starting after the ellipses…
That makes more sense. In standard touch-typing (which I took in high school) the split between left and right hands is between t & y, g & h, and b & n.
Jeff Miller maintains a collection of word trivia which I have had occasion to cite before. His “typewriter words” section is here. I especially like the fact that johnny-jump-up (14 characters including dashes) would normally be typed entirely with the right hand by a touch typist on a QWERTY keyboard. That’s a word I’ve actually heard of before, unlike aftercataracts and some of the other words listed.
On a related trivia note, there’s a story that all of the letters in the word typewriter were deliberately placed in the same row because it enabled early salesman to type out the word quickly and thereby supposedly demonstrate how fast a person could type.
This is the first one I thought of, and it’s definitely one I’ve typed before not simply referring to the fact that it was a left-handed typewriter word. “Reverberates” or “reverberated” is another one (much more common these days where “stewardess” isn’t used so much) , although I personally do sneak the right hand index finger in for the “b” there.)
And, of course, “typewriter,” is a bit of some kind of trivia itself, being typed solely from letters in the top wrote of the typewriter.
ETA: Ah, shit, trivia above mentioned right in the post above mine, though I have never heard the story about it being purposefully placed there for salesman.