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What is the series of letters used by typewriter typists to indicate that a typo has been made? It was formed by typing the letters on the row or column of the keyboard, and is I think split into two words.

  • Are you referring to the use of (sic)?? – Lambie Jun 5 at 19:29
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    I'm wondering if the querent is confusing 'typewriter typists' with 'hot lead/Linotype typesetters'; hot lead typesetters used to use etaion shrdlu to finish a cast for a line with a typo in it - such slugs were easily recognizable, and discarded. – Jeff Zeitlin Jun 5 at 19:36
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    (I say "used to use" because very little typesetting - if any - nowadays is done with hot lead; it's mostly [all?] digital.) – Jeff Zeitlin Jun 5 at 19:38
  • @JeffZeitlin Yep, could be what you say and yes, typesetting is now digital. – Lambie Jun 5 at 19:47
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    Perhaps qwerty12345 means the marks subeditors used to make in the margin next to the line containing the error. Wikipedia has only ^h^h^h^h, meaning 'delete the latter four letters. Their example is: Be nice to this fool^H^H^H^Hgentleman. I think that's a fairly recent convention. Try Googling "proofreading symbols pdf" then switch to Image View. Are THOSE what you're after? – Old Brixtonian Jun 5 at 20:31
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I was looking for etaoin shrudlu, as posted in the comments by @Jeff Zeitlin.

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