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Hello!

I've just finished yet another thriller - an American one, about hackers - , and I have two questions:

1. Is it true that the verb "to key" is replacing the old one "to type"?

2. Is the expression "the blue nowhere" an equivalent of "the cyberspace", or has it only been made up by the writer?

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1. is an interesting Q. You could be correct, in that everyone will be keying soon enough. But I still think they are describing differenct actions. I'd say that only a typist (that is someone who can type in a formal manner, rather than someone who has the job description typist) can type, whereas anyone, including my old dad (new to keyboards at 66 - uses just the one finger), can key. Not exactly a clear cut divide, but I'm using all my fingers and thumbs here, so I'd say I'm typing a response rather than keying it in (see - I still use 'to key in'; I'm an old-fashioned guy).

2. Sound made up to me, but I'd like to know.
PieanneHello!

I've just finished yet another thriller - an American one, about hackers - , and I have two questions:

1. Is it true that the verb "to key" is replacing the old one "to type"?

2. Is the expression "the blue nowhere" an equivalent of "the cyberspace", or has it only been ade up by the writer?

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Quite a few years ago, what used to be called 'typing' as a class for high school was changed to 'keyboarding'. I have a feeling the first question might be an extension of that. I think 'blue nowhere' is a beautiful rendition of 'cyberspace', if in fact that is what it is supposed to be.
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So you feel "typing" requires more expertise than "keying"?
It's tougher to type in a typewriter than keying in a keyboard, is it not?Emotion: smile

There are certain rules to be followed in typewriting classes. I don't know what those rules are since I never attended the classes.

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When I hear "key in", it seems to be associated with "data" (cf. "data entry"); whereas "typing" seems to be associated with letters, etc.

"Blue nowhere" could be the "wide blue cyber-yonder". Or perhaps that fatal "nowhere" screen I find myself staring at, when my lousy modem¹ topples over yet again.

MrP

¹A BT Voyager 105.
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