No, I'm not typing drunk. And no, Etaoin shrdlu is not a Gaelic curse word or the name of an elf in a new story I'm working on. It's not something offensive written backwards and it won't summon magical beasties if you say it while waving your arms around. (I think. I haven't actually tried that last one. Let me know if I need to put a magic disclaimer in here.)
What it IS though is a nonsense phrase...yeah, no kidding...common in the old days of newspaper publishing when Linotype machines were used.
|So...not QWERTY then...|
|Pic courtesy of Al Silonov via Wikimedia Commons|
For more information on the linotype contraption you can check out this link: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/342596/Linotype
That was E in the A to Z Blog Challenge. Come back tomorrow for F. And in the meantime go to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ and check out some of the other bloggers.