Hi. My name is Steve, and I’m a double spacer. I admit it.
I learned to type on an old IBM Selectric® typewriter (the vibrations of which I was sure would make me sterile) when I was in high school. One of the many rules hammered into each of our heads by business arts (I’m not sure they teach that at Hogwarts) teacher Mrs. Grove:
First shalt thou end each sentence with an appropriate punctuation mark. Then, shalt thou add two, no more, no less, spaces. Two shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be two. Three shalt thou not count, nor either count thou one, excepting that thou then proceed to two. Four is right out. Once the number two, being the second number, be reached, then proceedest thou to begin a subsequent sentence.
Or something like that…
I still do it that way today. Apparently, in a typewriter-less world…it is poor form. Dead wrong. I’m an embarrassment to society. At least according to Typography for Lawyers. Confirmed by Slate magazine.
I guess I better start reprogramming my brain.
For those of you playing along at home, here’s step one:
Microsoft Word Options menu–>Proofing–>When correcting spelling and grammar in Word–>Writing Style: Grammar & Style–>Settings–>Require–>Spaces required between sentences: 1.
I’m hoping that having Microsoft Word flag it…I’ll be able to start unlearning old (apparently bad) habits.