Saturday, August 23, 2014
Smack Talk and Punctuation
(Not THAT period, silly…the one at the end of a sentence.)
There’s a meme that’s been going around Facebook lately:
Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces after a Period!
(Visual courtesy of Cult of Pedagogy, a teacher site.)
And there’s a long history of typeface and what the rationale was for two spaces back in the day (which I guess means the 1970s, which is when I learned to type) and why you should no longer use two spaces.
Because it makes you seem old.
“Over forty” old.
I resemble that remark.
The rationale for today’s “one space” rule has something to do with typography and the way a word processing/desktop publishing program works. And I get it…technology has again changed stuff from “the way it used to be,” just like it has changed the need for keeping a quarter on your person at all times in case something happens and you need to call your dad from a pay phone, so that he knew to come get you. Which involved tears approximately 73.8% of the time.
And, if you’re old like me, you might remember those very cool hand-lettered signs that the local sign painters made:
(Now we computerize this stuff, so it’s easy. Which is why it’s fun to learn to do it by hand again, via Skill Share! We are such contrary beings.)
Anyway, I will add my two cents, and that’s that we should not hate on folks, whether they are single-spacers, or two-spacers. No judging for how folks choose their spacing. There might be rules, but when rules change mid-stream, we’re allowed to follow the old ones.
Some of the most successful bloggers don’t even USE “end marks” or “stops”, which is what periods/exclamation points/question marks can be called. Some of the most successful bloggers feel that ellipses (…) are their best friends. What do you suggest THOSE bloggers do? Is there a limit to the number of spaces after…..
Stop the hate.