Sunday, July 6, 2014

I finally just let it go

I admit it, I am one of those people that just couldn’t let go of the two spaces after a period when typing because that is how I learned to do it back in the dark ages. Dr. Jones finally convinced me that I needed to just get over it. I still slip up but luckily he told us how to fix our double spaces in MS Word so now I double check behind myself just to make sure.

The good news is that Dr. Jones approves of the “Oxford comma” which makes me very happy.

 

Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis

11 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to read this post. I think Dr. Jones is very wrong to encourage your or anyone to use only one space after a period. It makes reading sentences difficult when they are smashed together. Give each sentence a little breathing room, please! (Just mho, of course.)

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    1. Actually, the way he explained it made sense. The type of fonts a computer uses adjusts the spacing between letters and words to make things more readable than what was possible with a typewriter which had very set spacing. That is why the double spaced was necessary after a period.

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  2. Old habits die hard. I'm still working on this as well. Our son is the one who told me I was "old school" and should make the change. I did some research and he of course was right. It is not easy and I am inconsistent but I am making an effort.

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    1. I am pretty much a dinosaur and it takes some time for my little pea brain to assimilate change :)

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  3. Another one who uses the two spaces. What is the "Oxford comma?"

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    1. An Oxford comma is a serial comma like this:

      I bought apples, banana, peaches, and plums.

      It is the comma after peaches, the last one in the series before and. In schools these days they are teaching that that last comma, the one after peaches is not necessary but it really is. Here is a great example http://www.verbicidemagazine.com/2011/09/20/strippers-jfk-and-stalin-illustrate-why-you-should-use-the-serial-comma/

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  4. I'm another who has a hard time remembering. So how do you check in MS Word?

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    1. You use the find and replace. In the find box type in a period and then two spaces (I didn't know that the find and replace would allow you in input spaces). In the replace box type in a period and a single space.

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  5. I did not know it was a controversy. At my age I am not even going to try to "fix" this one.

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    1. It is only important if you are planning to have something published :)

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  6. Claudia, I'm with you. After 6 decades of typing my thumb does its own thing after the period.
    Michele: As for the Oxford comma, I love the example of why it can be necessary provided at the website given in your reply above. When I retired from teaching English in the CA public school system six years ago, our grammar books specifically taught the Oxford comma (though I didn't know it had such a classy name). I'd hate to think our grammar books had taken a step backward and stopped teaching this clarifying punctuation usage.

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