etaoin shrdlu

[et-ee-oin shurd-loo, -oh-in, ee-tee-]
the letters produced by running the finger down the first two vertical rows of keys at the left of the keyboard of a Linotype machine: used as a temporary marking slug or to indicate that an earlier mistake in the line necessitates resetting, but sometimes inadvertently cast and printed.

1955–60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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etaoin shrdlu
1931, journalism slang, the sequence of characters you get if you sweep your finger down the two left-hand columns of Linotype keys, which is what typesetters did when they messed up a line and had to start it over. A signal to cut out the sentence, it nonetheless sometimes slipped past harried compositors
and ended up in print.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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