Longest Word You Can Type (QWERTY Edition)

Andrew Stephens, Friday the 8th of May, 2009 in Computing

My previous blog entry on TXTing provoked This post was automatically imported from my old sandfly.net.nz blog. It may look a little weird since it was not originally written for this format. this response from my friend Lloyd:

...[I] figured out that longest word typed with only the upper letters in the QWERTY keyboard is not only TYPEWRITER but also includes several 3 other words: PERPETUITY, PROPRIETOR and REPERTOIRE. The longest in the middle line is: GALAHADS and nothing from the bottom line but 2 character element symbols like: Zn

Obviously this is some sort of geek challenge. I accept!

Using Python I replicated Lloyd's results for the top row of the QWERTY keyboard: PERPETUITY, PROPRIETOR, REPERTOIRE, and TYPEWRITER

Lloyd's result for the middle row is highly suspect - GALAHADS is the plural of a proper noun. www.thefreedictionary.com does cite a couple of references, but it certainly isn't in the dictionary I am using. My results are: ALFALFA and HALALAS (a unit of currency in Saudi Arabia)

There is nothing of note on the vowel-forsaken bottom row.

The longest words that can be typed using only your left hand are: AFTEREFFECTS, DESEGREGATED, DESEGREGATES, RESEGREGATED, RESEGREGATES, REVERBERATED, REVERBERATES, and STEWARDESSES

For the right hand I get: HYPOLIMNION (the bottom layer of water in a deep lake)

It seems that Lloyd and I are not the only ones to try this experiment, Wikipedia has completely different (and even more obscure) words listed.