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This changes my entire world view.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by JMacBass65, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I'm sure all the old farts here still use two spaces after a period. I am only 30 and I still use them. In fact, I'm doing it right now. People ten years younger than me think I am insane for using them. Mind you, TB auto corrects for spaces.
  2. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    That's a lot of words to justify being too lazy to add a second space.
  3. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    If I could have all the time back I've spent on TB going back and ensuring that I only had a single space after a period, I would have all that time back .
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  4. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    MS Word used to insert a second space automatically after a period, and that drove me nuts. It was a huge, unnecessary double space; nothing like the double space on a typewriter.
  5. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb

    Apr 23, 2014
    Strange days indeed ! .
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    The guy writing the article is a d-bag. It's simple. We were taught by people who grew up on typewriters. The rule changed and there wasn't a press release to all English teachers. Older people will do it out of habit.

    So here's the thing.

    1) I don't think either way is "wrong".

    2) Who the heck CARES????
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    That seems a little excessive, no? I mean, it was a fairly well thought out article which raises some valid points. I don't recall any name calling in the article. I also thought the closer was a great point:

    We would never accept teachers pushing other outmoded ideas on kids because that's what was popular back when they were in school. The same should go for typing.
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  8. Jloch86


    Aug 1, 2016
    New Jersey
    I have never put 2 spaces after a period, have never heard of people putting 2 spaces after a period, and I have no idea in holy hell how this is even a topic of conversation.
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  9. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I don't care if I wind up being the last living two-spacer on the planet, I have no plans to change on that one.
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  10. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    First, I can't believe I read that entire article.
    I asked my girlfriend what she thought about it, and how she was taught. She was taught to use two spaces. I was taught to use single space. We both think we're right. The article says I'm right, so...
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  11. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    On the threshold of a verge on the brink.
    Im old. I used to. I don't anymore and you can too!

    But, yeah, who cares.
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  12. I simply cannot imagine typing without the two spaces, so much so that I am only writing one sentence in all communications from now on.
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  13. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    He could have argued about how much space it takes up, or how much paper gets wasted after 10,000 sentences in a book.

    But he's just being a whiney turd.
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  14. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    I like using periods for elipses ... most likely improperly :p
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  15. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Akk cent chew ate The Positive Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    Me three!
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  16. There's three elipses in the post reply box where it says "Write your reply..."

    So I do...
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  17. I can let go of the double space after the period, I can't let go of the Oxford comma.
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  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Man, what is with all the insults today?

    Kids these days, I tell ya.

    ;) :D
  19. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    In all honesty, I didn't read the entire article. Seems like he's just trolling.
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