What’s your preferred convention when putting space after a period or the end of a sentence? One space? Two spaces? While my social media feeds were filled with ice buckets and soaked friends for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the other big story that filled up my feeds was the discussion on how many spaces you put after the end of the sentence.
I’m of the age that one of the classes I took in high school was typing. Putting two spaces after the end of your sentence was drilled into our heads. They never explained why, it just WAS.
There is some history to the “two space” practice. I’d always thought it had to do with the art of typesetting and those who manually set each letter and block. The “modern” convention of one space following the end of your sentence is traced back as far as the early 1920s.
In today’s digital world, two spaces is unnecessary, and as such, I’ve un-learned the [space space] habit pounded into my brain from my younger years. What are your convictions on this subject? Are you a die-hard two spacer? Or have you adapted to the freedom that digital media provides and go with the single space after your sentence’s punctuation?
Have a grammar rule you’d like me to explore? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire.