It’s actually not the “best” as in “I love this! This is so interesting and beautifully written!” It’s the “best” because it is the most provocative and the most irritating thing I’ve learned this week and I bet at least one person reading this will be as surprised by it as well. Here it is:
The title of the article this appeared in is “Nothing Says Over 40 Like 2 Spaces After a Period!”
What?? First the ageism. The author Jennifer Gonzalez should have titled it “You’re old and lame if you use two spaces after a period.”
I am 40. I learned to type on a computer but mainly used a typewriter when I practiced typing. Two spaces after a period is what was drilled into me and I have never heard anything that contradicted this until someone shared a snarky tweet with a link to an editor who sneered at anyone who used two spaces in submitted material on Wednesday.
Sorry we losers didn’t get the invisible memo.
I did some research and there are reasons two spaces were used..blah blah…and now typeface is different…blah. If you want to understand the blah, read this.
Because these articles denouncing us old fogies for using two spaces are so unnecessarily condescending and insulting and not helpful I will continue using two spaces, at least on my own blog. I did it automatically as I was typing this. And I can’t stop. I won’t stop.