Those of you who can actually type without looking at your keyboard know that sometimes your fingers accidentally land on the wrong home keys. Sometimes you don’t notice the mistake until you look up and see the gibberish you are typing. But this week I wondered, “Is it always gibberish?”
Since I am teaching my son to program using Python, I decided to build a Python program to put wings on my curiosity. Below are the results:
(1) Upper Row Blunder — Meaningless
If you accidentally place your hands on the row above the home board, your left little finger rests on “q” and your upper left pinkie rests on “p”. So in that position, if you try to type “slash”, you get “woqwy”.
I searched more than 40,000 common English words and found that all of them generate pure gibberish. I was disappointed because I wanted to find at least a few special words. But alas, sometimes our basic settings are so bad that we can’t generate anything meaningful.
(2) Right Shift Blunder — Ah Ha !
Instead of shifting up, if you accidentally shift your hands over one letter to the right, your left pinkie rests on “s” and your right pinkie rests on “semi-colon”. In that position you get the follow special words:
Sometimes the mistakes we make generate pure nonsense, other times it takes us a while to find our gross errors because of accidental meaning our mistakes generate. Some of us never discover that our hands are on the wrong homekeys because we are so delighted by a few accidental meaningful words.
Question for readers:
- Are my allusion clear?
- Can you find a meaningful sentence from these words that creates a meaningful sentence from the mistaken position?
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- Math & The Religious Mind (this post is sort of related)