Literature on typography indicates that double spacing at the end of sentences is incorrect usage, or that it is only appropriate for typewriters or when using monospaced fonts. (wiki)
Yet everyone still does it. I actually wish Microsoft would add this to that list of things Word annoyingly auto-corrects.
I do it because that is how I was taught to do it. Strictly taught as I remember. I did it in front of someone from Connecticut, she was very confused because she only single spaces after a period.
I don’t care. No professor has commented on it so far. And it helps fill up my papers.
Yeah that’s important to note: people were taught to do it that way. I’m not saying it’s unintelligent or even incorrect, it’s just outdated. It’s a relic carried over from typewriters. And most of the time, especially in print, it’s hardly noticeable; the problem is with showing it on a webpage…those extra spaces can start to look a little awkward.
I’m probably part of the .001% of people in the world who actually care.
Today I posted a snarky, offhanded remark on facebook in response to a really ridiculous status comment. The original status update said something about wishing people would get informed about health care reform before railing against it (a perfectly rational idea for both sides, if you ask me). One response, apparently from her father, was as follows (paraphrased):
I have past the graduate level test in political sience, and I can say this is socialist
and note that the spelling mistakes are his, not mine, to which I replied
Clearly you haven’t past the entry level test in speaking basic English
because I am an asshole. This drew the expected responses, including “Michael your a tool” from another family member. What happened next? I got two facebook messages threatening my personal safety. The man who posted the comment then said
spell check this. do you want me to drive to tulsa, micheal ? ask my daughter, christine. any time, questions?
Yes, actually, I have so many questions, but that’s a completely separate issue. Then his 15 year old daughter sent me a personal message warning me, mostly in caps and without intelligible punctuation
"Don’t EVER talk to my dad (stephen) like that EVER again!!!
So is there a lesson here? Sure. Insulting someone’s intelligence on the internet? Still a bad idea.
“‘I saw my wife putting French’s mustard on a bologna sandwich for our 5-year-old son, and I just lost control,’ Gibson said. ‘I said things—awful things that I’m not proud of—and the two of them were clearly shaken. I can never take those words back. When I looked in the mirror and barely recognized that livid face staring back at me, I finally understood that these mustard people weren’t really my friends.’”—Man On Internet Almost Falls Into World Of DIY Mustard Enthusiasts | The Onion (via petervidani)
What's your favorite restaurant? Oh, and do you know if there is anything vegan on the menu? ;)
That’s a very difficult question. It depends on my mood, I guess.
I love India Palace and Desi Wok, which are pretty vegan friendly, but I bet you already knew that. And generally when I eat Indian food, I eat things that are veggie. I love paneer, which I know isn’t vegan, and samosas which I’m thinking probably are…but i digress. Indian food = win.
Pizza is a favorite to eat out, just because it’s not something I make at home all that often. I love Joe Momma’s downtown or Pie Hole on 15th for takeout.
I’ve been to The Local Table twice, and both times were phenomenal. I know they generally have veggie items on the menu.
But by far the best meal I’ve eaten in Tulsa was at Palace Cafe on Cherry Street, and the entire meal (at least mine) now that I think about it, was completely meatless. Chilled roasted corn chowder for a start, then an Edamame Risotto as an entree. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention In The Raw as my favorite Tulsa sushi joint.
Unable to rest their eyes on a colorful photograph or boldface heading that could be easily skimmed and forgotten about, Americans collectively recoiled Monday when confronted with a solid block of uninterrupted text.
Dumbfounded citizens from Maine to California gazed helplessly at the frightening chunk of print, unsure of what to do next. Without an illustration, chart, or embedded YouTube video to ease them in, millions were frozen in place, terrified by the sight of one long, unbroken string of English words.