D.J. Enright – The Typewriter Revolution

It’s strange what texting, microblogging and the internet has done to the English language. Perhaps never before have we been subject to as many acronyms and abbreviated words than at present. The butchery of our language is not, however, a new thing. The poem, The Typewriter Revolution written by D.J. Enright in 1920 shows one perspective on how the typewriter was received when it made its debut. The poem’s wit and applicability to the seemingly unstoppable downward spiral of our language struck me as suitable for a Steampunk audience.

Without further ado, The Typewriter Revolution:

The typeriter is crating
A revlootion in peotry
Pishing back the frontears
And apening up fresh feels
Unherd of by Done or Bleak

Mine is a Swetish Maid
Called FACIT
Others are OLIMPYA or ARUSTOCART
FRAMINTONG or LOLITEVVI

TAB e or not TAB e
i.e. the ?
Tygirl tygirl burning bride
Y, this is L
Nor-my-outfit
Anywan can od it
U 2 can b a
Tepot

C! *** stares and /// strips
Cloaca nd + -
Farty-far keys to suckcess!
A banus of +% for all futre peots!!
LSD & $$$
The trypewiter is cretin
A revultion in peotry
" "All nem r =" "
O how they pound away
@ UNDERWORDS and ALLIWETTIS
Without a.

FACIT cry I!!

Did you catch all of that?