Obsolete term: touch typing

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Wed Dec 4 18:01:23 UTC 2002

I wonder if middle and high schools teach typing skills anymore--for the
typewriter or the computer?  It was required in my day, but it may not be
anymore.  I've seen a lot of students use two fingers, though they've
become very fast (my son too).

At 06:55 AM 12/4/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>I too am digitally challenged in the typing world (although I note an
>occasional semiconscious activation of the digit "4" - right hand
>only - for the "right arrow" key, seldom paralleled by "4" on the
>left hand for "Tab," Caps Lock," and "Shift" which would seem
>reasonable), and I am also of arnold's generation, with even slightly
>greater length to my tooth, but arnold did give a "pretty" hedge to
>his "old."
>allan metcalf asks:
>  >Maybe there are no two-fingered typists left, to contrast "touch
>  >typing" with?
>not entirely true.  i am such a two-fingered typist.  but then i'm
>pretty old.
>where and when do people learn touch-typing these days?  it does
>seem to be pretty much universal among college kids in the u.s.
>or at least the ones i see.
>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
>Dennis R. Preston
>Professor of Linguistics
>Department of Linguistics and Languages
>740 Wells Hall A
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
>Office - (517) 353-0740
>Fax - (517) 432-2736

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