Single Space After Punctuation, Not Two: My First Blogging Lesson

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One of the first things I learned when I started to work on this blog was something that was completely unique and alien to me: The SINGLE space after punctuation. Not only didn’t I do it, I had never even heard of it. Yes, I’m THAT old.

I learned to type in a high school class full of typewriters that went “DING” at the end of a line, and where you’d grab a silver thing to push the whole carriage back to get ready for the next line. The heavy carriage would slide back with a “thump” in a regular rhythm. Imagine the noise: the click-clicking of the typewriter keys and the ding-dinging of the carriage bar and then the thump. Clatter clatter clatter, ding ding ding, THUMP X 30 typewriters.

In those days we all learned “two spaces after punctuation”, and that was the LAW. I followed the rules, and used two spaces ever since. My thumb automatically goes “tap tap” after a period. But when I started to work on this blog, I learned (thanks, Jinna!) that I needed to change my old typing habits.

Apparently the two space rule is history. You can read more about this here and/or here.

(or Google “two spaces after punctuation” to read a great many passionate (really!) articles about this topic.)

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2 thoughts on “Single Space After Punctuation, Not Two: My First Blogging Lesson

  1. I learned the two-space rule in typing class. Learned the one-space rule in a copy-editing class thirty years later. Immediately changed to one space. Reinforced the one-space rule in paralegal school. Went to work for lawyers. They wanted two spaces. TWO spaces. Sigh.

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