Quirky Qwerty

What an interesting romp this is through the "story of the keyboard @ your fingertips" - and, by necessity, its predecessor the typewriter. The light-hearted tone hides the impressive amount of research that has gone into this book. Ranging from the development of the first typewriter (based on a sewing machine) and ending with the recent introduction of the euro symbol n, Quirky Qwerty looks at the history of the English language, its alphabet, the evolution of the shape of each letter and the introduction of punctuation. Did you know that spaces between words were only introduced 1000 years ago, by Irish monks? Or that reading was originally intended only to be done aloud, rather than silently to oneself?

This book is certainly not required reading nor a vital reference, but it's packed full of unexpected bits of trivia, history and general knowledge tit-bits about how our language reached the point it's at. And if you're wondering - the QWERTY arrangement is a result of moving common letter pairs away from each other, so that the clunky keys of early typewriters would jam less frequently.

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