quick brown foxes

12 Sep

The best advice I was ever given was to become proficient at typing numbers without looking, because they’re the farthest from your home keys. I’m not sure what this book recommends. Image credit

Typing exercises used to be such fun. I don’t truly recall ever having to type, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” but it’s a relatively easy pangram. There are many other such examples, which are a great deal more difficult because the words are less common, or their juxtaposition not something quite so everyday.

This arises from work conversation about WH&S issues and the value of touch-typing, and progression from typewriters through early computers to today’s models. Everyone chuckled when I mentioned Wang computers and those 5 14-inch floppy disks. The younger folk could visualise the 3 12-inch diskettes, which were around longer and later; but anything larger was pretty much in the category of museum exhibits.

So when you feel that you yourself are a museum exhibit, what should you do? Why, expect skilled signwriters to use many jazzy, quaint old alphabets effectively; maybe even on a typewriter 🙂


Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Musing


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2 responses to “quick brown foxes

  1. Judy Lenton

    September 13, 2019 at 08:21

    I maintain that the most useful skill my “make a good wife & home manager” biased education gave me was the ability to touch type. Who knew that that we would become so keyboard dependent?!

    • Felicity from Down Under

      September 13, 2019 at 22:10

      Agreed, Judy. I am often surprised by the number of people who don’t touch type, because for me it was such a logical extension of being a pianist as well as a skill that was useful for everyday things like typing letters. Now – as you say – we need keyboards for everything!


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