Recently a couple of friends posted this article on Slate about using only one space after a sentence. I read it, because I’m a two-spacer, and I was pretty shocked at the level of anger associated with it. OK, OK, I’ll try to stop. I didn’t realize it was such big shit. I mean, I’ve got my own pet peeves when it comes to writing. But I’ve been a two-spacer for years. And I’d never heard that two spaces was wrong. So I admit I felt a bit hurt by everyone’s condemnation of two-spacers. I’m pretty new to the writing community, and admittedly I lack some of this kind of knowledge.
I can’t remember if that’s how I learned to type (on a typewriter!), but I do know that in my work, two spaces are required. I’m a medical transcriptionist, and my supervisors insist on two spaces. Which is why the default on my word program is set to greenline when there’s only one space. So even if I wasn’t in the habit of doing it already, I’ve gotten into the habit of tap tapping after a sentence, because it’s required of me. Granted, the people I work with also insist on hyphens in words like long-standing or up-to-date, which really gives me the red ass (no hyphen). I’m also forced to type numbers instead of write them out, which makes sense in the medical world, but which also forces me to continually change 4s to fours in draft after draft.
So I’m not sure how I missed this seemingly extremely important tidbit of grammatical gold, but alright already, I’ll stop. Right after I delete all the extra spaces in this post. There. Done.