Recently, I've been busying myself with refreshing typewriter ribbon, assessing a new ebay acquisition (an adorable green Royalite with a red leather case!), cleaning cases and hunting for more typewriters to horde, so I thought now was a good time for a new post.
I've been discussing this with my husband since the Olympics began this year, as I always find it irksome that some silly things are Olympic events. These include curling, table tennis and power walking. Why? I feel, if it's a sport I can do with a reasonable amount of proficiency (or am even good at), then it probably doesn't deserve to be in the Olympics. So, I move that these things be struck from the games, and would like to propose a new addition: speed typing.
There are several reasons I believe speed typing deserves to be an Olympic competition, none the least of which are the medals I have seen, floating around on ebay rewarding 80WPM, 120WPM and, in one case, 150WPM (though I must question the authenticity of the last, as the official record is 147WPM). I believe speed typing is still relevant today, as a good portion of the work-force uses computers, which--of course--require a reasonable proficiency in typing. In a world where real language is buckling under the weight of .txtspk, speed and accuracy are challenges to the speed typist. The final reason is that it is something I absolutely cannot do; at very best, my time lies somewhere between 45-60WPM.
(I wanted to get this post written before talking about the Olympics was no longer relevant.)
So, what say you, people of the Typosphere? Should speed typing be an Olympic sport? And should the 'sports' of power walking, table tennis and curling be struck from the games? Discuss.