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Re: Yet More Typewriter Trivia

So how many eight-letter English words can you touch-type using all eight

fingers (i.e. each finger exactly once)?

I’m getting a wide variety of answers here. Merging them all (thank you, MS

Excel), I so far have 64:

aphorise apomicts autopsic bakeshop biplanes captions captious clasping

displant dystopia earlship elapsing epistoma esophagi haplites harelips

impalers impearls jackpots lempiras meropias metopias outspeak pactions

palmiest panelist pantiles parosmic parsonic pearlish penalist perisoma

petalism pintados piroques plainest plashier plastein plaudits plausive

pleasing poniards postique pralines premisal proximad pyralids pyrexial

saponite satinpod scalping scoparin scripula septimal slipband spandril

spicular spirulae spongiae spongida sprackly stipulae toadship wainrope

Though somebody has a better dictionary than I have: “toadship” isn’t in

Merriam-Webster’s Third. I can’t help thinking it *should* be, though.

“His toadship” has an obvious meaning to fans of “The Wind in the Willows.”

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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