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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Definitions for keysmash

  1. a random string of letters and symbols typed out on a keyboard or touchscreen, used to signal intense emotion in written communication: The photo of the actor was accompanied by a heartfelt keysmash.
  2. the action of typing out such a random string of letters or symbols: Keysmash was the only appropriate response.
  3. to use keysmashes to signal intense emotion in written communication: I was so excited I couldn’t stop keysmashing.

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Citations for keysmash
A close relative of “I can’t even” is the keysmash, a string of actual gibberish — asdf;lkl, maybe — meant to signal that the typist has become so excited that she has lost control of her fingers. Amanda Hess, "When You 'Literally Can't Even' Understand Your Teenager," New York Times, June 9, 2015
How much respect can you have for a civilization whose notation for all years after 2000 sounds like Hanson single? MM...CIV! MM...LI! MMXIV! And that's neater than it was last century. MCMLXIV? It looks like a keysmash. Alexandra Petri, "Super Bowl 50 is right. Roman numerals, good riddance!" Washington Post, June 9, 2014
Origin of keysmash
Keysmash combines the words key (referring to a keyboard) and smash “to hit or strike (something) with force.” It entered English in the mid- to late 1990s.