The QWERTZ keyboard is a widely used computer and typewriter keyboard layout that is mostly used in German-speaking regions. The name comes from the first six letters at the top left of the keyboard: Q, W, E, R, T, and Z. It is pronounced either the same as “quartz” or to rhyme with “squirts”.
It differs from the QWERTY layout by interchanging the ‘Z’ and ‘Y’ keys because ‘Z’ is a more common letter than ‘Y’ in German and because ‘T’ and ‘Z’ often appear next to each other in the German language.
A QWERTZ keyboard layout is sometimes informally nicknamed a kezboard, as typing the word keyboard on a QWERTZ keyboard, by a QWERTY typist, would generate the word kezboard.
This keyboard is from a German cipher machine on display at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, home of the WWII code breakers who broke the German Enigma code.
From the same collection as Cold War Secrets
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