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I suspect she plays too much Scrabulous.
ems wrote in metaquotes
Also, this is highly important and I need to inform the world at once:

I am working on a computer keyboard that is clearly about twenty-seven years old. Most of the letters have rubbed off, and the patterns in which they have done so are almost entirely in accordance with the letters' Scrabblic value. With the exception of C and V, which are low-use and therefore high-value letters in the English language, but which are constantly used on a computer keyboard because of the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V commands, the only letters that are left are Q (10 points), Z (10 points), X (8 points), J (8 points), K (5 points), W (4 points), Y (4 points), half of H (4 points) and half of P (3 points)...

AND THEN THERE IS A RANDOM U. WHAT THE HELL. I have ALWAYS KNOWN that U is a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SCRABBLE LETTER BECAUSE NO ONE EVER USES IT AND YET IT IS ONLY WORTH ONE POINT. I do not CARE that it is a vowel. IT IS A CRAPPY VOWEL. NO ONE EVER USES IT. I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING STUCK WITH HUGE EXCESSES OF U'S ON MY RACK AND I DON'T EVEN GET ANY POINTS TO MAKE UP FOR IT. IT IS A TRAVESTY, THAT. And now my computer keyboard is providing PROOF POSITIVE that the Scrabble game is WRONG WRONG WRONG in its U-point assignation. This is extremely serious. I believe I deserve significant compensation, numbering at least in the thousands of dollars, for the emotional suffering and strain I have undergone over my Scrabble-playing years as a result of this grave error.

I need to write to Hasbro posthaste and include a picture of this keyboard and tell them YOU JUST GO RIGHT NOW AND MAKE THE U BE WORTH AT LEAST FOUR POINTS IMMEDIATELY, MY COMPUTER KEYBOARD SAYS YOU HAVE TO. I have no doubt that they will listen to me. This is just common sense.

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Of course they rubbed off in scrabble order. Letter points were assigned based on the frequency of the letter in English language.

... yes. That's the point. Knowing that is a precursor to understanding the post.

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Trust me, I am very familiar with keyboard layouts, having had a Dvorak-using girlfriend

One of these days I'm gonna design a cell phone keypad that allows me to send a text or email in coherent English with the minimum number of keytaps. First thing to do is get the e so it's the first thing on its key, instead of second of def3, and get the d onto some other key.

That's actually the point of predictive text, which most cell phones have, these days. I've gotten good enough that not only do I know what numbers have the letters I want, but after I finish a word, whether I have to "downarrow" to the next word or just space (like 4663 -> "good" or "home")

I have an aversion to predictive text, but if it works for other people...

Besides, making a Dvorak-like cell phone keypad will amuse me for some otherwise boring length of time.

Note that he said letter points were assigned by order of frequency of use.

This doesn't really have anything to do with letter arrangement on a keyboard. No matter where you put the letter e, it's always going to be one of the first to wear off, and x will always be one of the last.

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