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Today's Poll: 05/24/2015

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How many spaces do you put after a period when you type? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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Mandolin77
on 05/24/15
Two spaces. That was drilled in our heads when I was in high school as being correct. I don't know when or why it changed, but I automatically do it now.
RudyCat
on 05/24/15
Two spaces is correct. It is sad that the majority here don't do that. It is just so natural to me that I couldn't change if I wanted to, but then why would I? It is just another thing that seems to be lost on young people today, like standing to the right on an escalator. My nephews thought I was nuts when I told them to stand to the right.
tyr2009
on 05/24/15
Schools are teaching to only use one now.
jasonpanella
on 05/24/15
Why is it correct?
92YuyaXanime92
on 05/24/15
I cannot recall if I ever learned about the two space after a period. I've been using just one for as long as I can remember though.
mnordell
on 05/24/15
2 spaces is old-school
kathyg
on 05/24/15
Mandolin77 and 20 others liked this  
I was taught 2 spaces after periods and 1 space after commas!
deeceek
on 05/24/15
HallyMc liked this  
That's what I was taught too.
DaphiCat
on 05/24/15
HallyMc and 4 others liked this  
They've changed it because it sometimes create rivers of white running through documents. Some people still prefer the 2, though.

I took typing in high school in the last 1960s; we were taught 2. Typewriters, though, are different than what we use now. Today, the idea is fast reading and the rivers that are sometimes created detract from that.
saintbernard
on 05/24/15
iggys1 and 23 others liked this  
I've been reading, writing and typing for a long time and I've never come across any of these "rivers of white" that everyone seems so fond of talking about. With properly aligned text everything always looks neat and clean with the two spaces after a period rule. Justified text looks sloppy and is full of white spaces. Perhaps that is the elusive "river of white" everyone loves to throw around. All these years I've just thought of justified text as "sloppy" instead of a "river of white".

Netspeak is abhorrent. It's just another form of illiteracy, in my opinion. Learn how to spell and how to properly communicate. I refuse to interact with anyone who uses Netspeak and is too lazy to type "you" instead of "u" and "see" instead of "c". I actually had a resume and cover letter cross my desk that used Netspeak and "Twitterspeak". That job would have gone to my dog before it went to that individual. My dog is more intelligent. At least he takes the time to fully say "woof" instead of taking the lazy way out and simply using "wuf".

It's easy to say "oh, well the font will do it all for me" and use that as an excuse. In an age where most young people don't even take the time to properly spell out words and don't know how to use proper punctuation, some standards should not be allowed to die out. I was taught two spaces. My best friend is 10 years younger than me and he was taught two spaces after each period. Call me 'old', call me 'set in my ways' but when I sit down to read something, I want to actually see spaces between the sentences and words fully spelled out. Otherwise, I'm just reading one long paragraph, or page, of junk.
Sequel54
on 05/24/15
mnordell liked this  
What passes for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization now is enough to make you want to send everyone back to grade school and start over. I see and hear the most ridiculous things every day. I was taught two spaces after a period and that's what I do. Rivers of white don't bother me. Illiteracy bothers me. Just yesterday I saw the word "empties" spelled "empty's". I'm not kidding! I wish I were.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Funny how my comment about getting off saintbernard's lawn was deleted while ill-informed comments about "the way things oughta be" remain. You folks are awfully touchy about nothing.
Bridgentunnel
on 05/24/15
If you haven't run across "rivers" you are either oblivious or have never worked with justified type. If you use a so-called "rag right" margin, you will never see it. but justified type, where the right end of the line is squared off does indeed create "rivers' or bad, internal spacing in paragraphs. A good proofreader will make minor changes to the wording to prevent this. Another example may be so called, "widows" and orphans," also produced the same way, so if you have ever seen a story where the last word in the paragraph looked something like this: E N D you now know what a "widow" or "orphan" is and why they are killed without mercy.
prattmama
on 05/24/15
I still use two although I know the standard is now one. I have LONG noticed the rivers of white. I type ALL DAY LONG! I am a legal secretary and the large white gaps do look odd when the sentences line up just right. I just forget to use one space because it is a habit to use two. The period defines the end of a sentence - not the amount of space.
elvisfreak
on 05/24/15
DarkPrognosis and 4 others liked this  
I was told that 1 space is more correct now because of how the letters are situated. Here is a an article on how the 2 spaces after a period even got started, all due to the manual typewriter. Its an interesting read.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
dbaxgirl51
on 05/24/15
odddes2 liked this  
When I took typing in high school, we were taught 2 spaces. I always used 2, I still use 2.
chriseelove
on 05/24/15
odddes2 liked this  
I learned to put two spaces after a period when I went to school.
Kjansema
on 05/24/15
mnordell liked this  
Okay, are we still in our high school typing class because that's where that dated question belongs. one/1
cm006j
on 05/24/15
ak3034 liked this  
It's been tough for me to make the switch. I'm 33 and I was taught two when I was in school. I've worked as a proofreader and have an MA in English but it is really hard for me to adjust to using only one space.
Amoebas
on 05/24/15
I was taught two spaces - when in high school using the typewriter and then in college when on the computer. I am a medical dicta typist. I have never heard of the "rivers of white", but then again I don't use justified text. In the grand scheme of things I don't think it really matters - just like the spelling differences between the American versus Canadian words.
GeekyGurl
on 05/24/15
Two but I'm working on switching to one.
RudyCat
on 05/24/15
Why switch when you are doing it correctly.
Skorpeo77
on 05/24/15
I was taught to use 2 in school all the way through college. But at my current job I noticed the law firm uses 1. I asked them about it but I was told it didn't really matter but one was preferred. Times do change for practically everything... Anyone remember when the plural fish vs fishes change happened? I was in the 7th grade and my english teacher acknowledged it only for a moment and told us of the transition, but also told us she disagreed with the change and refused to teach it to us. Neat to know the one space is a time period thing now. I will try to transition over.
Nanze
on 05/24/15
It depends if I want to make a statement... Mostly 1 or 2 but sometimes about 5.
DavidWeinrot
on 05/24/15
Very controversial!
Dorkney
on 05/24/15
I'm a junior in high school so one space for me!
PaPaSkip1
on 05/24/15
Kiwigirl55104 and 1 others liked this  
i WAS TAUGHT PROPER ENGLISH AND PROPER WRITING....THAT ALL SEEMS TO HAVE GONE OUT THE WINDOW.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Ekkaterinna and 2 others liked this  
Your use of all caps negates your point.
Emeraldwitch
on 05/24/15
RudyCat and 4 others liked this  
all caps is RUDE when posting messages
brebro
on 05/24/15
Ekkaterinna liked this  
This should have been unanimous, but the huge number of grandmas on here skew the numbers to pre-word-processor practices.
tiptip82
on 05/24/15
I'm only 33, and I was taught in high school to use two in computer word processing class. I've never used a typewriter, but I prefer the look of two on a printed page. I'm not opposed to people using one, but I do wish that those who do would stop calling us grandmas and acting like they're somehow more enlightened.
cm006j
on 05/24/15
Tamitra liked this  
Well, I'm far too young to be a grandma, but in the late 1990s I was still taught two spaces in high school.
mlw1ofakind
on 05/24/15
I've always had a computer but was taught in school to put 2 spaces. You have a bad attitude.
nurse126
on 05/24/15
RudyCat and 4 others liked this  
Your lack of respect and proper grammar definitely show your young age.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Ekkaterinna liked this  
Nothing wrong with brebo's grammar.
LindseyOConnor
on 05/24/15
RudyCat liked this  
Although it's not a huge deal, there is actually a good rationale for two spaces. Things like larger spaces after sentences, capitalizing sentences, using paragraphs, and the like make it easier to read a piece of writing. Those are demarcations which smooth the transition from sentence to sentence and subject to subject. I have used word processors since they were first in general use in business and my program definitely keeps in my two spaces. By the way, though by your standards I may be old I've never been a grandmother (or a mother)....
VivaSaab
on 05/24/15
sunnieday and 1 others liked this  
I was taught two spaces after periods and one space after commas!
Groudon199
on 05/24/15
Learned how to type in middle school during the early 2000s, and we were told 2 spaces.
Dancer49
on 05/24/15
i was taught to use two and I always do and will continue because I find that it is easier to read and looks neater.
Emilytoo
on 05/24/15
momto4gramto11 liked this  
The Mac is Not A Typewriter--a good book that explains why the two spaces were left when using a typewriter, and why only one space is necessary now. I only use one space, but if you ever have to take a typing test, you have to remember to use two spaces or each time you use only one will count as an error.
ombang
on 05/24/15
Lottieopal liked this  
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12o133127
on 05/24/15
Whatever looks right not like anyone's gonna count for consistency.
maddy1233
on 05/24/15
HallyMc liked this  
casual conversation, one space. Professional, two spaces.
Jerseyez
on 05/24/15
tiptip82 and 1 others liked this  
Back in the days of typewriters we were taught to leave two spaces after a period. But one works better online. And no, I'm not a Grandma.
srcrutherford
on 05/24/15
HallyMc liked this  
When I'm sending an email to someone my age or older I use 2 because that is what we were taught and expect as correct. When I'm sending an email to someone younger than myself I use 1 because that is what they expect. Same thing with the the Oxford comma.
Unicorn1130
on 05/24/15
CJBurns and 2 others liked this  
I was taught to place two in my High School typing class.
bugfoster
on 05/24/15
zero
snailmakesart
on 05/24/15
HallyMc and 2 others liked this  
When I was in school, they taught us to use two spaces. Even now that people have relaxed about it and no longer seem to require it, it is still an ingrained habit, just like the Oxford comma before the last "and" in a series. It's not that I can't ever unlearn anything I have been taught. It would just be unnecessary in this case, because two spaces make things easier to read.
Bridgentunnel
on 05/24/15
Two spaces are wholly unnecessary with modern computers because spacing after punctuation is automatically taken care of by the system. Doing this has not been needed for at least the last generation. Two spaces is a sign that, like me, you are a warhorse. It isn't a sign you are more correct, but that you are behind the times. You needn't unlearn how you learned it, but don't train errors into the young. Modern word processing programs adjust for differences in font size, serifs, letter spacing, kerning and so forth. There are a host of typographical issues quietly being handled behind the scene without your knowledge. We have moved beyond the days of monospaced type where your choice was courier or elite, ten point or twelve.
snailmakesart
on 05/24/15
HallyMc liked this  
When I typed my comment, I used two spaces after each sentence, and it got "corrected" to something I consider incorrect.
Montanaarts
on 05/24/15
Wonderful question. I was surprised that the protocol was evolving. It is fun to see the results here.
lorrainestarr
on 05/24/15
amdjad and 2 others liked this  
When my son texts me there are no spaces or punctuation so it's something like himomworkingoutbhomebyten. I love all the technology that has come about in the past 30 years- no more phone tag games, your kids can't say they tried to call to tell you they would be home late. I'm more than willing to forget grammatical correctness in exchange for being able to immediately connect with my family.
LindseyOConnor
on 05/24/15
That's far too difficult to decipher. Although communications from one's children are needed I wish they would use proper English. What they become used to as children they tend to retain in adulthood.
Sonshinemolly
on 05/24/15
RudyCat and 2 others liked this  
I think I would rather keep some sort of correct grammar. It is so annoying to be in a store and have to listen to some overly loud phone conversation that someone is having on their phone. The general public does not need to know what you are making for dinner, what time you are going to be home, what movie you are going to watch, etc. It sometimes amazes me what people will discuss in public on their phones with everyone standing around hearing them.
Justinie
on 05/24/15
I heard it was the publishing industry who prompted the change because less spaces mean less paper needed to be used and books would be shorter and cheaper to print. Good question because I'm a word nerd and I like to know this stuff!
HallyMc
on 05/24/15
RudyCat and 1 others liked this  
I was taught to place two in my high school typing class. I still do.
defairmans
on 05/24/15
I've never heard of two spaces after a period, or full stop. And I was a journalism major. :O
MzHokie
on 05/24/15
Dancer49 and 1 others liked this  
It's from the typewriter days! It was drilled into us when we took typewriting in HS. Period Space Space (Showing my age for sure with this one.)
srclark1993
on 05/24/15
Two kind of annoys me. lol Totally unnecessary on a computer or cell phone.
1polcat
on 05/24/15
but proper english has died.
hope4jackson
on 05/24/15
CJBurns and 1 others liked this  
It's correct to use two for formal writing.
Tucoma
on 05/24/15
CJBurns liked this  
I do not believe grammar or spelling are still being taught in schools anymore - shame
MMDD
on 05/24/15
HallyMc liked this  
Ridiculous.
slimey01
on 05/24/15
You... honestly believe that?
JUSTPLAINME2011
on 05/24/15
jemstone316 liked this  
Depends.............................
wawie2k
on 05/24/15
I used to do 2, but I found out that 1 is proper now so I do that instead.
pajani
on 05/24/15
is one not the proper way to do it?
Bridgentunnel
on 05/24/15
Unicorn1130 and 1 others liked this  
It comes down to age. Traditionally, when typewriters were used, it was two. Nowadays, with computers, one is more common. When you see people using two, it's a sign they learned to type on typewriters. If you are using one, keep it up.
prattmama
on 05/24/15
Unicorn1130 and 1 others liked this  
It is now. I was taught 2, but my kids were taught 1.
cookiebakr
on 05/24/15
padmelupin and 2 others liked this  
When I was taught typing in high school (1970s), it was the rule to use two spaces after a period. Later while working and moving from typewriters to computers, the rule was changed to use one space. Fortunately, I'm not stuck in the 70s (never really cared for that decade anyway)and have switched to one space instead of two. I have to admit that before I got in the habit of using one space after a period, some of my documents may have had a mixture of spacing. :)
swaguser47191232
on 05/24/15
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jasonpanella
on 05/24/15
elvisfreak liked this  
Word automatically changes French spacing to a single space unless you configure it to do otherwise.
BIBEF2
on 05/24/15
Which would matter on things like Facebook... WHY?? I know it is two spaces, but in most of my life that is completely unimportant. Don't assume Americans are all dumb and have never been taught.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
evenstar39 liked this  
Why "of course"? Because that's what you think you know?
danodaycare
on 05/24/15
swaguser47191232 liked this  
No, but if you had paid attention in school you would know.
MMDD
on 05/24/15
Emeraldwitch and 4 others liked this  
Except that they teach one space in school now.
Your rigidness on such a minor issue is amusing.
swaguser47191232
on 05/24/15
A great reason to send one's children to Private school! If this is true, good lord, we are wasting our tax dollars!!
prattmama
on 05/24/15
HallyMc and 1 others liked this  
and private schools are teaching 1 space now... so sending a child to private school solely over this oh so important spacing issue would be counter-productive.
prattmama
on 05/24/15
Skorpeo77 and 3 others liked this  
Seriously? How many spaces after a period is the reason you would send your child to private school? I promise you private schools are teaching the same thing. Times change - plumbing is indoors now, electricity has replaced candles and one space has replaced two. (I still use two! Old habits are hard to break - but my kids use one.)
MMDD
on 05/24/15
HallyMc and 2 others liked this  
Since one space is a generally accepted standard now, that would make no difference.
I can't believe how worked up you're getting over such a non-issue. Times change. Conventions change. Relax a bit and you'll be happier, I promise.
papapapuffy
on 05/24/15
One. My mom does two and I dislike it. Don't know why though it's a huge pet peeve.
Badgermeister
on 05/24/15
Two spaces has been unnecessary for decades typewriters used to give everything, including punctuation, the same amount of space so you would use two spaces after punctuation to make your text look less cramped. With the advent of modern word processors the spacing is automatically adjusted for you, so using two spaces is redundant.

There isn't a single style guide (MLA, MPA, Chicago, etc.) that recommends it either.
prattmama
on 05/24/15
HallyMc and 1 others liked this  
I few years ago I made my son correct an essay putting two spaces after each period. He tried to tell me the teacher said "double space and one space after a period." I told him he must have misunderstood what she said. Nope, he was right. She was not happy. I had to write a note telling her I made him change his paper and asking her to please not fail him.
Dpowell2
on 05/24/15
just 1
Kandybars
on 05/24/15
A period?
Katartr53190ive
on 05/24/15
CJBurns and 2 others liked this  
People need to relax about the 1 or 2 space thing. When I was in high school I learned (on a computer) in my typing class that it is ALWAYS two spaces. It's true that Word does this for you now, but if the class was right, it hasn't always done that. I'm a writer, and I continue to use the double space (out of habit) and never have I EVER had an editor or a university professor correct me or nitpick over this stupid rule.
BowtieMeerkats
on 05/24/15
growingpeanuts and 5 others liked this  
Exactly 1.582 spaces...

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