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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2017, 06:54:05 AM »
So double space is out and single space is in.  Being over 70 that will be a hard habit to break, been double spacing all my life.

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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2017, 07:48:01 AM »
Apparently my childhood was deprived, since nobody taught me about spacing between sentences except that there was some. Maybe because I never had a typing class? We wrote in cursive or printed, so the notion of "single" or "double" did not apply.

I mostly double-space when using a keyboard, simply because it improves readability in longer paragraphs. Never really thought about having a rule about it, though.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2017, 07:54:30 AM »
Finally, an explanation of why some folks' space bars/keys last half as long  ???
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2017, 08:27:24 AM »
3 semesters of typing in high school and I was taught to double space.  I don't see the need to change, because I think it's easier to read.  In fact, I notice that if I double space while texting, my phone puts the period in front of the double space automatically.

I think it may be another consequence of Twitter, where character count, counts.

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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2017, 09:45:09 AM »
I think it may be another consequence of Twitter, where character count, counts.

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Haha on both of those. And yeah I've been single spacing on text messages for a few years because I have a Tracfone (no unlimited texts) and try to keep messages on one page. That's a dying tactic too, with most people I know sending 5 rapid fire texts with a few words each to say 5 things... instead of taking a few seconds to think and put it all in one message. ???
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2017, 10:31:17 AM »
    I was taught to double space, and do so except when it is at the end of a line.  With wrap around text, the second space causes the first word on the next line to start one space too far in.  So, that may be why they now say one space only after the period.
    GWCOWGILL, are you referring to a double line space at the end of a paragraph?  Otherwise, I join the ranks of the confused as well.

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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2017, 11:47:32 AM »
I only could read about half the thread before I couldn't take it anymore.
While I concur with the OP, It seems change is hard thing to accept for most. Interesting.
Change sucks sometimes. Those of us at, or getting close to, retirement age remember the old days. Emphasis on the word "old".
I don't care for it either. But none of us can stop it.

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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2017, 11:51:02 AM »
Mark, I think you just about have it covered! :)
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2017, 12:11:44 PM »


Another thing that I see frequently is the lack of a comma when needed.  Example:  Yesterday we went to town and shopped, had dinner, and saw a movie.  Lots of folks would leave out the comma after the word "dinner".  I was taught that when you structure a sentence using multiple nouns, like the above example, a comma is required after each and every one.

Don't get me started on the cursive subject!

Ah the Oxford comma. Still a MUCH debated topic. I personally am in favor but others are not. I have a friend who works PR for a big national chain store and they conduct entire meetings based on their view of their PR staff using the Oxford comma. Serious stuff.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2017, 12:18:39 PM »
X2 on the Oxford comma, and other punctuation as needed.  8)
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2017, 12:27:29 PM »
This subject seems to be more controversial than toilet paper.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2017, 12:40:47 PM »
And so exciting  ;D ;D
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2017, 12:47:21 PM »
This subject seems to be more controversial than toilet paper.

Wait... what part of toilet paper is controversial?
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #43 on: February 21, 2017, 12:53:20 PM »
Wait... what part of toilet paper is controversial?
You must be new here Annie. Do a forum search on toilet paper and spend a few days reading all about it. Single ply vs double ply, RV paper vs conventional paper, flush it or put it in the waste paper basket, and much more.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #44 on: February 21, 2017, 01:00:47 PM »
Wait... what part of toilet paper is controversial?

Easy. You have a choice of using it, or not. Your call. Same as using proper grammar.

I have no halo upon my head when using proper grammar. I do my best. Please forgive me if I screw up.
But in today's world of emails and texting, "short type" is becoming a norm.
I'm starting to think we all should all get accustom to it.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2017, 01:44:41 PM »
    I was taught to double space, and do so except when it is at the end of a line.  With wrap around text, the second space causes the first word on the next line to start one space too far in.  So, that may be why they now say one space only after the period.
    GWCOWGILL, are you referring to a double line space at the end of a paragraph?  Otherwise, I join the ranks of the confused as well.

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Indeed a double line space at the end of a paragraph when typing and an indented beginning of a paragraph when writing cursive, I learned in grade school by one of the meanest teachers in the business who always carried a ruler to hit you across the back of the hand when you didn't follow her rules. :(
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #46 on: February 21, 2017, 01:52:38 PM »
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... one of the meanest teachers in the business who always carried a ruler to hit you across the back of the hand when you didn't follow her rules.

That brings back memories! I also recall the day a super-sized rugby player, who was our math teacher in grammar school, punched me in the stomach. I didn't misbehave in his class again  :(
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2017, 02:04:56 PM »
That brings back memories! I also recall the day a super-sized rugby player, who was our math teacher in grammar school, punched me in the stomach. I didn't misbehave in his class again  :(
That same teacher hit me with that ruler across the back of the neck and I cold cocked her to get expelled for a day. (My father got involved)
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2017, 02:05:09 PM »
I was whacked between the knuckles with a metal edged ruler for writing with my left hand. Still got the scar to prove it.
My dad went up to the school to have a little chat with my first grade teacher, who was an old coot.
He never did tell me what was said, but she let me write with my left hand from then on......
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2017, 02:20:58 PM »
You must be new here Annie. Do a forum search on toilet paper and spend a few days reading all about it. Single ply vs double ply, RV paper vs conventional paper, flush it or put it in the waste paper basket, and much more.


Haha oh okay good. I was hoping the controversy wasn't to use it or not.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2017, 02:36:51 PM »
Talk about being disciplined in school...I had a forth grade teacher who had, at least, four inch nails that curled upward.  Whenever I, or someone else in class, did something wrong (grammar or otherwise) she would come up from behind and squeeze our shoulders with her tongs...I mean nails.  It never really hurt, but it sure did gross me out.  I soon became the most well behaved kid in our class!
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2017, 04:17:25 PM »
    It is obvious that none of the posters went to a Catholic school run by nuns.  Their weapon of choice was a yard long hardwood pointer, and their aim was impeccable.  We quickly learned to behave, or we had red welts on our back or neck.
    GW, that is what I thought you were referencing, the OP was/is talking about ending a sentence with a period, followed by two spaces, versus only one space, but either being mid paragraph, and that is why we were confused, since you don't see the spaces after the period at the end of a paragraph.

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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #52 on: February 21, 2017, 04:58:55 PM »
No run-ins with a nun. Our gymnastics teacher had two weapons:
  • The top plank of a hurdle applied with some force across the butt.
  • A (heavy) medicine ball hurled at you when you were part way through climbing a rope.
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2017, 06:01:56 PM »
Ooh good question and I think I still do it on a keyboard - will check later - was taught this as a typist. However I don't do it on my tablet or phone. Probably because they automatically put spaces in, even though it's only 1.

Actually, most apps with keyboard input will put a period at the end of a sentence if you doublespace.  The one that didn't for me (and I don't remember what it is), just drove me crazy.  Probably why I don't remember it...don't use it anymore!
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #54 on: February 21, 2017, 06:54:09 PM »
The thing about writing rules is that you only need to know them so you can break them effectively.

All the authors that even the teachers put forward as "The Greats" broke the rules.

I use (abuse?) punctuation and style to try to convey how I talk in my writing. Even to the point of intentional misspellings.  ::)
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Re: No double space anymore! (after a period)
« Reply #55 on: February 21, 2017, 07:23:52 PM »
I will double space until the day I die.  And, when reading comments written by others, I add that extra space mentally if it is missing.  And I also mentally transpose everything to cursive.
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