So remained the case through much of the 20th century even managing survive the adoption of digitized ‘word processors’ and affordable ‘personal computers’ in late 1980s. A fact based in several, disparate elements, paramount among them the fact that even the new fangled ‘plastic’ keyboards maintained an element of lovely, mechanical precision by having keys which where separate pieces spring loaded into the base. A design which still required a modicum of honest graft to operate. It was not until the turn of the last century that the new fangled ‘flat’ keyboard began to usher in an age of sloth
The fine old terms ‘strike’ and ‘hit’ were duly replaced by the anemic words ‘tap’ and ‘click’. A situation only worsened with the imposition of ‘touch-screens’ unto the world. It was not long until such distasteful terminology began to claim cultural dominance, there now even being a website dedicated to mobile communication devices christened TapTapTap. While gentler in terms of terminology and association, the ‘taps’ and ‘clicks’ required by ‘touch-screens’ rob
the once proud work of typing of its rhythm, precision and, dare I say, passion.