Monday, January 28, 2008

The Period

Long ago when I was diagramming sentences in Mrs. Grimm's 7th grade English class, I was taught, "two spaces after a period". And trust me, Mrs. Grimm in her high lace collars and wooden wand was hard core about grammar.

Well after all these years, I learn that they kind of dumped that rule and decided one space was sufficient. No need for two. Why wasn't there some big announcement about this?


kelly rae said...

i wrote my ENTIRE manuscript with two spaces after every period only to find out during the editing process that only one space is necessary these days. i agree. there should have been an announcement!!!!

Kat Candler said...

I KNOW! that's a bummer about the manuscript. argh.

ryan said...

Two spaces is better; otherwise it looks too crowded. Also, apparently "alright" is now proper spelling of the previously proper "all right."

Which makes me crazy. Even in our grammar we're getting lazier and lazier.

Andrea said...

OMG, this is hilarious that you bring up this particular topic. Last Friday, at work, my team had quite the heated "discussion" about it. It was a draw. Two spaces have been drilled into my head by my high school typing teacher. I don't know if I'll ever break the habit.

(weird that I don't do it for internet-related stuff though)

urbanmiffed said...

Have to chime in on this.

I believe it has to do with typewriter spacing, versus computer "typesetting." With a typewriter, there is no "kerning," all spacing is fixed. On a computer, the spacing between different characters adjusts, so there is no need for the two spaces.

Something like that. My other half is a graphic designer who knows all things typographic, and I think that's the gist of it.

(I have used only one space for years, only to have a new boss tell me I was doing it "wrong." I wasn't going to argue the point with her, since she was SO certain she was correct...)

Clare Jane said...

I had no idea about this change! My world has been rocked.