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Technology, Writing

Old habits

03.17.10 | 1 Comment

I was reading this article and was immediately bugged by the assertion of “the following grammatical rule: there is only ONE space after a period.”  First, it’s nothing to do with grammar; it’s a typographical rule.  Second, I’ve been double-spacing after periods since I learned to type, way back in the wooly mammoth days when we learned on actual typewriters (electric, at least; it wasn’t like they were steam-powered).  Apparently these new-fangled word processors obviate the need for a double space after a period, but there’s very little chance I’m going to change.  My thumbs automatically twitch twice after I type a period, and I’m afraid the neural pathways are not to be rerouted.  At least I don’t feel the urge to reach for the carriage return as I approach the end of each line.  Ding!

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