Today I Learned…
I have recently discovered the evil website Reddit. It is evil because it is a time sucker. Whether on the phone app or the website.
Anyhow, reading this Reddit thread on unimportant things that you have an extremely strong opinion on, I saw this comment:
Oookay, that’s your opinion. Yes it is important to get it right, it’s basic grammar, spelling, and typography*. Double space after a full stop. Except that, apparently, I am wrong again. It’s not a double space after a period any more, it’s a single. Cult of Pedagogy **says:
But one rule from typing class has definitely expired, and if you’re over 40, it’s possible that no one has given you the message. Here it is:
Unless you are typing on an actual typewriter, you no longer have to put two spaces after a period.
Or a question mark. Or an exclamation point. The rule applies to all end punctuation. Just one space. Really.
It’s gonna take me a while to try and get used to this. Why didn’t anyone tell me??
*I love the Oxford comma!
** Love the title of this piece: Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces after a Period!