On proper punctuation; or How to speak so people will listen

by Jess

Quick, how many spaces should you use after a period?

If you answered two, you are, according to Farhad Manjoo of Slate, “totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.”  I’m a two-spacer myself, always have been, on account of that’s the way I was taught in my fifth grade typing class.  It’s really never been an issue.  I double-tap the space bar after each period literally without thinking, the habit is so ingrained.

And yet, I’d consider changing my ways to be more correct (I was a copy editor for goodness sakes, and a damn good one at that) if only Farhad wasn’t such a humongous dickhead about the issue.