Monday, October 28, 2013

Typing at the Speed of Squirrel


I am a fast but sloppy typist. Speed-wise, I'd say I'm faster than a snail, slower than a greyhound. I type at the speed of squirrel.

In middle school, my mom enrolled me and my sister in a summer typing class. I still remember some of the exercises.

adsadsadsads
jigjigjigjigjig

Well, it worked.  By the end of the summer at the tender age of 12, I was typing 54 words per minute. No two-finger keyboard punching for us! (That's also called the "Hunt and Peck" method. AKA the "Eagle Finger" method. *cue Eagle screaming*)

I'm still pretty sloppy though. I make so many typos and I can't seem to reform myself. Like, I can't help but type "ration" instead of "ratio." I constantly type "Tank you" instead of "Thank you."

And I am incredibly blind to my typos when reading my manuscripts. They're hella sloppy, but thank goodness for spellcheck and copyeditors!

I was wondering how fast my typing was, so I randomly googled this test:
http://www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php

And I clocked in at 83 wpm. Not bad! But nothing compared to the 216 words per minute achieved by Stella Pajunas-Garnand from Chicago in 1946. 

Stella = Greyhound.

Me = Squirrel.

Or these guys. Check out their 2010 Typing Championship final round! (Fast forward to about 2:00 to see the actual competition.)




Are you a "Hunt and Peck" typer? Ten finger whiz? Ever clocked your speed?

30 comments:

A Lady's Life said...

no but I am good enough
Why does it always have to be about speed?

subtleadieu said...

I just took that test and typed casually and got 64 WPM :( About a week ago though I took a test and got 109 WPM. Took it again a couple days after that and got 101. A lot of concentration is required for me to type quickly!

Murees Dupé said...

I think I should take that typing test too. I think I type fast, but I am sure I make more errors than you. Sometimes my typing is just a mess. I I usually use all my fingers aside for my pinkies.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I type pretty fast because I type all day at work typing my notes of conversations with clients and letters and pleadings. I'm glad for spell check for letters.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I took a typing class in high school and learned to type on big, clunk, non-electric typewriters. Back in the day.

I am a pretty fast typist, and I don't need to look at the keyboard. But like you, I'm sloppy. However, I DO see the mistakes and go back to fix in the middle of my typing. I am unconstitutionally unable to just keep typing to the end of the sentence and go back to fix later!

Old Kitty said...

35 wpm. I have a certificate to prove it too and on ye old electronic typewriter! LOL!!!

These typists are AMAZING!! Look at the fingers fly!!! Take care
x

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ugh, I'm 59 words a minute.

Me = car parked and out of gas. LOL

Yvonne Osborne said...

I like the phrase, "typing at the speed of squirrel". Squirrels can be pretty damn fast when they wanna be! In college I could type pretty accurately at 100wpm. Funny story: my novel writing never took off until we bought our first computer back about 1990. I fell in love with Word and realized I could write at the speed of thought (or close) and it all clicked. Writing in long-hand didn't work for me, too slow, I guess. My fingers couldn't keep up with the story unfolding in my head.

Connie Keller said...

When I got a job at Harcourt, I had to take a typing test because they had a typing minimum for all employees--I was sweating bullets because I'm not the most accurate typist--"chapter" always comes out "chatper." They didn't tell me what my speed/accuracy was. But I passed. And that was all that mattered.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well crap, I guess I'm a slug then...

Meredith said...

We had to take a computer class in middle school, and I had completely forgotten about those typing exercises! I have my own pidgin kind of form now--a mix between proper form and the Hunt and Peck method. And I am not that fast at all.

walk2write said...

Reading your post, I started to feel nervous, remembering those typing tests! I was never a fast typist while reading the words, but give me some dictation, and I'm pretty darn good. I used to do medical transcription, and the best feature of the job was being able to use macros or word expansions. I could pop in whole sentences or paragraphs with a few keystrokes.

SA Larsenッ said...

Oh gosh. My husband suffers from the 'Hunt and Peck' method. I should sign him up for a typing class.

Bathwater said...

I type as fast as I think, which is good enough for me. Besides THAT gets slower each year.

Deb Salisbury said...

LOL, Bathwater!

I'm reasonably fast, until my fingers get tired, and then letters start vanishing. Unfortunately, my fingers get tired far too quickly these days. Thank goodness for spellcheck - when the page turns red, it's time to slooooow down. :-)

Barbara Watson said...

I'm fast, somewhere between squirrel and greyhound...but...I backspace ALL THE TIME because of mistakes. Good thing I'm accurate with knowing exactly where my backspace button is.

Southpaw said...

I type tank you a lot too. I used to be better but not now so much. I use all my fingers but not they way they were originally trained. (They have a mind of their own.)

Cynthia said...

I took a summer typing class back when I was in middle school. I haven't taken a typing test in awhile, but I've remembered typing around peers and being told that I type fast. Although, these things are always relative, I think. Thank goodness for spell check!

J E Oneil said...

83 WPM is about where I am (I got as high as 87 once). I took a typing class in high school that used this ridiculous computer program to teach us. Silly or not, it worked pretty well.

Laura Diamond said...

Huh, I didn't picture squirrels as moderate speed...I pegged 'em to be more on the fast end.

Casey L. Clark said...

I'm somewhere between 60-70 wpm last I checked... and I am the same with repetitive typos... my worst is 'The' always turns out 'teh'. *grr*

Glad it's not just me! LOL

Fun post!!

Kit Grindstaff said...

60 wpm and proud of it! Squirrel me a nut or 2 for my prize. Then deduct one for the 8 typos :/

Fun post, Lydia! Can't believe those guys...

Maurice Mitchell said...

I still need to learn touch typing Lydia. I pissed off my typing teacher by hunting and pecking fast enough to pass the tests. Guess it works, but it's not the best way.

LD Masterson said...

Me = Snail

Karen Lange said...

Took typing when I was a freshman in high school and never did learn all the keys. How I passed, I'll never know. When I got my first laptop about 12 years ago I used the Mavis Beacon typing program CD that I'd gotten for my kids. Mavis made good on her promises - I learned to type fairly quickly. I'm not a Stella, though. Maybe someday.

Laura Pauling said...

That would be fast. I took typing in high school and glad I did. And wow that guy is fast. I have letter patterns I constantly get wrong too. Good thing for proofreading!

BECKY said...

Hi Lydia! Fun post! I learned typing in high school and I'm so glad I did.(I haven't checked my speed since way back then!)I can type pretty fast,sometimes! I'm glad I don't have to look at the keys, too.

Eva Inka Nurmaisya said...


Well here's a website that had me wait wait, I finally found the website also very contains a lot of benefits in your website is

Meningkatkan Asupan Vitamin B12 Agar Terhindar Penyakit
Makanan Dan Minuman Yang Mampu Mencegah Kanker Serviks
Beberapa Jenis Manfaat Buah Kelapa Bagi Kesehatan
Penyakit Yang Bisa Di Sebabkan Kelelahan Fisik
Pentingnya Pemeriksaan Kesehatan Pranikah
Informasi Seputar Hamil Anggur
Beberapa Cara Mengatasi Wasir Dalam Masa Kehamilan
Tips Pengobatan Alami Penghilang Tumor Bibir
Tips Pengobatan Insomnia Secara Alami
Cara Mengobati Penyakit Asma Secara Alami

Sarah Khan said...

Hello All, I am joining too late…really nice and helpful article,even A very well briefly written post. Thanks for sharing. manuscript typist

Rafiqul Islam said...

It appears the Clever is offering to log into THEIR abet via badges, not logging into a Chromebook...unless I'm missing something! Someone give audio typing services