Yesterday, “asdfasdfasdfasdfasdf” suddenly appeared on Google’s list of hot Web searches. What does this combination of letters stand for?

The answer is actually right in front of you — on your keyboard. On a standard QWERTY keyboard, “asdf” are the first four letters in the home row, the term that refers to certain keys in the center row of a keyboard or typewriter.

(Wait, what does QWERTY mean? Does it stand for anything? Is it a word? Click here for the answer.)

When we learn to touch type, one of the first repetitive exercises we do involves the keys in the home row. Touch typing is typing without looking at the keyboard. A touch typist places eight fingers on the home keys and then reaches for the other keys from this position.

A skilled touch typist makes few typos, which is short for typographical errors. Originally the term referred to the manual typesetting of printed material. But now it is most often used to talk about what happens as a result of hunting and pecking, or thumbing.

(And while we’re discussing inadvertent errors, what’s the technical term for a Freudian slip? Read about it here.)

Let’s return to that wacky string of letters: “asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf.”

Why do you think people are searching for it? Could it be the same reason people frequently search for the word “dictionary” on Dictionary.com? Let us know what you think.

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  1. asdf -  February 18, 2014 - 9:41 am

    because when u type it, its fun and you cant stop!!! asdfasdfasdfasdfsadfasdfasdfsadfasdfsadfasdfsadfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfsadfasdfasdfsadfsadfsdfasfsdfasdfasdfasdfsadfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasfasdsfddsdfsfsddfsasadfasfsadfasdfsafdsdffsdfdsafsdadfsadfsadfsdsafdasfasdfasdfsdfsafSFASFSA

  2. Pie -  February 11, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    asdfasdfasdfqwerty lololololololol uve been spammed

  3. melanie -  September 6, 2012 - 3:42 am

    stolen. now stealing ghjk ™ !!!!!!!

  4. Christian -  February 18, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    It is basically the easiest way to spam someone, and some people just like to do it on google. There is also an animation on youtube called asdf movie (pronounced asdef) so they could have been searching for that. ASDF guys just Asdf

  5. Clancy J.C. -  February 17, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    Says my pal Curtis, it’s just a boredom buster, and an easy one if you are using just your left hand. I don’t know though. I would do an order more like fsdafsdafsda . Is it because I’m more of a complicated person? I drum my fingers that way too. weird, now that I think about it :/

  6. rAnDoM bUt FuN -  September 21, 2010 - 7:35 pm

    I was one of those people already born with computers and growning up with them (I still am). “asdf” can be explained in different forms. You know, for those finger-drumming people, that when you drum your fingers, you tend to do it in a funny (but true) order of last to first or vice-versa. well, when you do it on a keyboard, your fingers are probably in the “asdf” “jkl;” keys, so, it happens.

    Another better reason is that people get bored, ok? and it’s normal to randomly type “asdf” or “jkl;” or “jkjhaodgnpasvioavn” or “nvnapadfnvasduioabvjn”…you get the point. so, it’s just meaning that you don’t really care or don’t know what you are searching for.

    I do it because i am extremely bored, and sometimes i just want to pass time, and i type random letters. Who cares what you type out, it’s just a “whatever” thing.

    Or, you can be laughing your butt off, you feel nervous, anxious, and you express yourself in a hidden way.

    Whatever, nobody cares and it’s just awesome. kladn;aovnafnasdf;lkashv[avmkWERNofvanscvoiawe fgd0a
    fk A']FkdN[ VAIWDGNADGJASDndubvnmedf;le
    e490tr7qkoe vaopegnq3

    —that meant that i was having a little boredness attach ^.^

  7. QWERTY | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  September 20, 2010 - 10:15 am

    [...] QWERTY! — It must be a word say “QWERTY” — with symbolic meaning not wordy — And it’s good to change your permalinks to keep us riff-Raff out — it’s certain judgment of what stinks convenes with editorial clout. — It is all about the numbers and not the quality of dissertation — with censorship erratic in these days of eradication — And all the crazies out there waging war with thumbs and being over and under thirty — we have our fun with all of our fingers and thus prefer the QWERTY. –>>Rupert L.T.Ryme [...]

  8. k. salma begum -  September 17, 2010 - 3:39 am

    skilled touch typist makes few typos, which is short for typographical errors. Originally the term referred to the manual typesetting of printed material. But now it is most often used to talk about what happens as a result of hunting and pecking, or thumbing.

  9. jacquie :) -  September 12, 2010 - 6:04 pm

    so basically when people don’t have lives, they log onto google to see if by some chance google changed their homepage back to the pacman game. once they realize that won’t happen for probably at least another year, they slam their face into the keyboard, and their nose and left cheek end up typing ‘asdfasdfasdfasdf’. since they still don’t have a life, they click ‘enter’ just to see what pops up, thus making it into the list of most-searched on google. at least five idiots do this daily in computer lab. teenagers are idiots.

  10. Faith -  September 10, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    They type it for the same reason that I do this: qwertyuioplkjhgfdsazxcvbnm…. IM FREAKIN BORED

  11. Monkey -  September 10, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    If your privacy setting is in serious security mode on facebook, you have to name your computer everytime you sign in so most people may use those four letters if there fingers are in ‘typing mode’.

  12. I got promoted! for sure -  September 10, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    A prankster got his own agenda, we’ll see if it is a hidden agenda behind it. Or improvising it just because avoiding a malaise.

  13. It's hammer time. -  September 10, 2010 - 9:14 am

    Well nolan you are not really 100% right about that! I am right handed and i don’t type “lkjlkjlkjlkj” i type 123123123123123123123123123. So when you say that i hate to say it but you’re wrong in a way.

  14. Zeinab -  September 10, 2010 - 7:59 am

    They do that or I do that because it’s fun! It’s feels good, too! Try it and you’ll see what I mean! asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfadsf *giggle* *giggle* *snort* *snort* Why people suddenly used it is because of google instant. It’s the first thing that comes to mind to type!

  15. AMY-LOU -  September 10, 2010 - 6:38 am

    Omg!!!!!!!!!! People do that all the time when they are really bored asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf!!!!!!!!!! But not every one would type that. When i’m soooooooooooooo bored i go to this site and read the blogs and comments. Because i can’t take another sec. of school work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. PGM -  September 9, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Many people on line, especially on blogging sites, use those letters typed repeatedly to indicate incoherence, whether from joy, rage, frustration or otherwise. (Often to express how appealing they find things: the written form of speechlessness and resorting to hand gestures.) It’s quite common on many sites. No explanation for the sudden spate of google searched, however.

  17. Hedda -  September 9, 2010 - 10:13 pm

    I think people use it when they’re at a loss for words. I use Tumblr; and every now and then, when someone posts a funny picture or something there’d be a string of comments and most people type “ASDFASDF.” or summat like that.

    All i know is that this asdf thing is pretty big in the Tumblr community.

  18. Matthew -  September 9, 2010 - 10:11 pm

    Testing Google Instant. It is the easiest thing to type.

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