|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org Forums Beheading words typewriter Register Forums Calendar Active Threads Search Forum Help
#118978 - 01/06/04 08:26 PM typewriter Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
Joined: Jan 2001
Mencken really goofed on this topic. He gives US "typewriter (operator)" as equivalent of UK "typist".
I have never heard "typewriter" used to mean the operator thereof. It is given as second meaning in Webster 1913.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Typewriter \Type"writ`er\, n.
1. An instrument for writing by means of type, a typewheel,
or the like, in which the operator makes use of a sort of
keyboard, in order to obtain printed impressions of the
characters upon paper.
2. One who uses such an instrument.
#118979 - 01/06/04 10:01 PM Re: typewriter Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400 of troy
Joined: Oct 2000
Mr Bellamy, the head of household in Upstairs/Downstairs--the wonderful period soap opera that was presented on PBS many years ago, hired a typewriter to help him with his memoirs after Lady Bellamy goes down with the titanic.
it might not be current usage to call a typist a typewriter, but i have heard of it! (and as i recall, alistare cooke, in his intro commented on the use of the word, pointing out the different cross pond usage of the word, (so he knew it)--it was clear that the typewriter was the young woman who opperated the new typesetting machine.
Moderated by Jackie
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,880Posts224,653Members9,045 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members DavidOrigami, RichEngle, Stosh2010, CarolWilliamson, Farscape07
9045 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 registered members (), 77 guests, and 3 spiders. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days) A C Bowden 29LukeJavan8 12
Top Posters(All Time) wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,538LukeJavan8 9,120wofahulicodoc 7,879Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top