I know your type


That today’s German security service hopes to by-pass cyber espionage by using typewriters for sensitive documents comes as no surprise.

And as anyone who has seen the Oscar-winning German-language film The Lives of Others knows, the Stasi, East Germany’s pre-1989 security service, was masterful in its ability to identify the nuances of the individual typewriters used by dissidents.

Even more intriguing: the longest word that can by typed on the top deck of a traditional QWERTY keyboard is, apparently, “typewriter”.

Aside, of course, from: ”perpetuity”, “proprietor” and “repertoire”.

Any more suggestions please?

Source: Collins Dictionary and The Independent, 15 July 2014.
Blueprint brief – 22nd October 2014