I like to think that my grammar and punctuation are (for the most part) correct. I know I have a tendency to both overuse and misuse commas, but I have always hoped that I remembered enough from English class to make it day-to-day. Of course, sometimes it takes someone mentioning your mistakes before you even realize you are making them.
That is exactly what happened to me today. I came across a blog titled How Many Spaces Should You Put After a Period? After reading the title, I thought, well, two of course. Wrong.
Apparently the two space rule came from the days of typewriters and is not applicable to computers. The correct answer is one. No more, no less. Who knew? I had been taught two and had never heard otherwise.
What made it worse for me is that a majority of her comments complained about how annoying it is that people insist on using two spaces, and other similar statements. Was I the only one who didn’t get the memo? I felt better as I kept reading comments and came across some people who also didn’t know, others who said they didn’t care and would use as many spaces as they wanted because why did it really matter anyway, and a few who said they would change their two-spacing ways starting now.
I generally tend to follow the rules, so I thought I would be in the “I’ll fix it right now” group, but if you look back over this post, I used two spaces every time. Not intentionally, of course, I’m not trying to be defiant. But old habits die hard, so maybe I’ll change my ways starting tomorrow. Then again…