How Many Spaces After a Period?

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For this Twitter Treasure Thursday, I cheated–a little. I didn’t find this article on Twitter. I actually went on the hunt for it after I found this picture on Facebook:

DoubleSpacePersonally, I was always taught to use one space after a period, not two. But I know others were taught to use two. In fact, my old college roommate used to go on and on about how much it annoyed her when people used one space, not two…I told her it annoyed me when people used two, not one (follow? 😉 ).

At last, I decided to settle our debate and figure out who’s right: Team One? Or Team Two? Brian A. Klems, online editor for Writer’s Digest had the answer:

The “two spaces after period” rule was established during the days of typesetters, when additional space was needed to show the difference between the spacing between words (which was smaller) and the spacing between…

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One Response to “How Many Spaces After a Period?”

  1. I learned to type on a typewriter, and it was beaten into our heads that we always put two spaces after the end of a sentence. It has taken me a long time to break the habit, and I no longer automatically hit that space bar twice. But I still find it interesting that so many will absolutely lose their minds over it. With today’s word processing programs, it takes like two seconds to remove the extra space from the whole document.
    Ah well, everyone’s got a pet peeve 🙂


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