How many spaces do you put at the end of a sentence? Two, right? Because that's what you were taught in typing class*, lo these many years ago. Every single person I've asked so far (4) has said they put 2 spaces. Well, there was an article in Slate by Farhad Manjoo who tells us that we're wrong and boy is he annoyed with us. Typesetting rules dictate only one space. It sends him into fits of rage when he sees the double space after the period. So to him I say, "Suck it up ya big baby." I've seen the documentary Helvetica, which means that I know exactly how ridiculous typesetters and people who care about fonts are. Some of them will go so far as to equate the Vietnam War and the invasion of Iraq with certain typeface. You will not believe the outrage they have towards this. I thought it was pretty funny that people would care so much about a non-issue. But here's the thing - as I was reading the article I found myself getting all panicky about the thought of not doing a double space. Typing is one of my better skills and the double space has been such a solid rule to live by that I don't think I could give it up even if I wanted to. And suddenly I'M one of those people who cares. And for the last 2 days I've been relishing that double space. Like it's my declaration to the typeface regime that I WILL NOT BOW TO YOUR ELITIST SINGLE SPACE! Unless, of course, someone wants to publish me, in which case I will simply ask, "Am I bowing low enough?"
*True story: I took typing - using an actual typewriter, because I'm 80 - during summer school from a young male teacher who wore MC Hammer pants and a Dodger shirt every single day. It was 1990. I have no doubt that I daydreamed of Donny Wahlberg.