- receiving a holiday card from a former student...and their spouse...and their 3 kids.
- finding myself gagging at the thought of eating a frosted Pop Tart.
- hearing the songs that were hits when I was in college on the classic rock station.
- spotting my favorite childhood toy in an antique store.
- discovering that the children who were born the day I graduated from high school can now legally buy alcohol.
- and the list goes on and on...
You are typing a sentence. You type a period. And then before you start the next sentence, how many spaces do you add?
My answer is 2. That is how I was taught.
The young whipper-snappers I questioned about it said 1.
My reaction? They are "no-good hippies" and I said, "Get off my lawn!"
Anyway. In all seriousness, I did a little research and learned that although I was taught to insert 2 spaces, that is because I was taught on a typewriter. I was taught before different fonts existed.
According to a recent article on www.writersdigest.com, "With the dawn of computers, word processing programs not only began offering an absurd number of fonts, but each font was programmed to space characters proportionally (“l” takes up about a third of the space “w” does). In turn, most computer fonts will automatically give you enough room between sentences with one space. So, as a rule of thumb, use just one space when typing up your manuscript on a computer."
I had no idea.
I'm not sure that this old dog can be taught a new trick. It is kind of second nature to insert that second space.
What about you? One space or two? I am curious to find out.