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post #919 of 991
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post
 

Was anybody here taught anything other than using two spaces after a period in school?

 

I wasn't :~(

post #920 of 991
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Originally Posted by jamo View Post


I didn't even know that people used two spaces until a few years ago.

 

Do you recall at what level of education or which class you were taught to use single-spaces?  Or are you saying there was no specific method taught?

 

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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post
 

 

I wasn't :~(

 

I'm polling all of my friends on this one.  I don't doubt that the article is correct in what the proper usage is, but I've never heard of this until your post, and my college professor buddy who is a grammar/linguist hound hadn't heard of it either.  He's checking to see if Strunk addresses it.

post #921 of 991
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

Do you recall at what level of education or which class you were taught to use single-spaces?  Or are you saying there was no specific method taught?

Whenever I first learned to type. I remember taking a typing in 3rd grade, so I must have learned it in 2nd or 1st maybe? Or maybe 3rd. That would have been somewhere between 1998-2000.

I've always assumed it was a regional thing, but I was living in New York at the time I would have learned it and I know someone from New Jersey (same age as I am) who uses two spaces.

It's funny, I was actually thinking about this a few days ago when I saw the text that Macklemore sent Kendrick Lamar after the Grammys. He's a double spacer.

post #922 of 991
I was taught 2 spaces in high school typing class. Still do it to this day. Old habits die hard.
post #923 of 991
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Originally Posted by 14ledo81 View Post

I was taught 2 spaces in high school typing class. Still do it to this day. Old habits die hard.
Junior high computer class here. Had no idea until right now that it wasn't 100% universal.
post #924 of 991
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post



Junior high computer class here. Had no idea until right now that it wasn't 100% universal.

 



I never heard of double spacing after a period in my life, until now. After checking the writing of my friends it appears they haven't either.

Then for everything I could find from a Google search that said to double space I could find another that said to single space..
post #925 of 991
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post
 

I'm probably guilty of this lol

Why You Should Never, Ever Put Two Spaces After A Period

 

We were taught this specifically in typing class. Of course we were also taught to write in cursive.  And we were taught to use a slide rule.  And we grew up without calculators and cell phone and played music on vinyl disks called, "long playing" albums or LP for short.  Typing was done on manual "typewriters" that required muscles to use.  Secretaries had fingers with biceps on them.

post #926 of 991
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post

We were taught this specifically in typing class. Of course we were also taught to write in cursive.  And we were taught to use a slide rule.  And we grew up without calculators and cell phone and played music on vinyl disks called, "long playing" albums or LP for short.  Typing was done on manual "typewriters" that required muscles to use.  Secretaries had fingers with biceps on them.

You were taught one space? We were taught 2, always.

That would have been in 1971..... All manual typewriters, except for 3 giant IBM Selectrics. Each student got the privilege of using an IBM one day each week.
Edited by David in FL - 2/3/14 at 8:20am
post #927 of 991
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post


You were taught one space? We were taught 2, always.

That would have been in 1971..... All manual typewriters, except for 3giant IBM Selectrics. Each student got the privilege of using an IBM one day each week.

 

 

I took typing in highschool and I don't remember them teaching us 2 spaces. I know I have seen it around from time time. I think it is a byproduct of the old manual typewriter. With the digital age the computer probably manages the correct spacing. 

post #928 of 991
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post
 

 

We were taught this specifically in typing class. Of course we were also taught to write in cursive.  And we were taught to use a slide rule.  And we grew up without calculators and cell phone and played music on vinyl disks called, "long playing" albums or LP for short.  Typing was done on manual "typewriters" that required muscles to use.  Secretaries had fingers with biceps on them.


I took a typing class but the teacher never said anything about it. Since there were only 2 boys in the class maybe the teacher didn't bother to tell us. I only signed up because a certain girl was in that class anyway.

 

Hmmm. I thought for all of these years that I could type faster than everybody else in that class. Now I find out that maybe I was playing by one set of rules and maybe they were playing by another.

 

BTW. There was one electric typewriter in that class but we all hated it because the keys were so much more sensitive than the manual typewriters that we were constantly hitting the wrong keys by accident.

post #929 of 991
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post


You were taught one space? We were taught 2, always.

That would have been in 1971..... All manual typewriters, except for 3 giant IBM Selectrics. Each student got the privilege of using an IBM one day each week.

I meant we were specifically taught two spaces.

post #930 of 991

No always taught that one space was correct. Never heard of using two.

post #931 of 991
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post
 

I meant we were specifically taught two spaces.

I gradumacated in 1999 and was taught two spaces.  Same in College.

post #932 of 991
Anybody notice that the promise of the articles title never proves true? He gave only a concrete reason why there was a time that a lot of were taught two (manual typewriters) but otherwise only "just cuz I say so" answers otherwise. He admits that outside of that window of time for manual typewriters choosing one space is just as arbitrary as choosing two.
post #933 of 991
Always taught two spaces here. 1978 typing class. Teacher had a PhD. Don't know what in but we believed him on the dbl spacing at the end of a sentence.
post #934 of 991

At my school they were glad you knew what a sentence was. Never mind the spacing after the period.

post #935 of 991
Believe it or not that was the case at my school as well. And why would a school such as ours have a PhD as typing teacher? HINT...why did the sheep back away from the farmer at feeding time?
post #936 of 991

I was taught two but quickly self-adjusted to one when HTML would render just one space regardless of how many you put in.

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