"Your mate's an old-fashioned man, sweetheart." It's sort of true. But considering he minored in Feminist Studies in undergrad, I also don't really believe him. Sure, I have stood stupidly in front of doors while walking with friends before realizing that I've grown used to David always opening the door for me. And I haven't carried a heavy bag in years (unless I was making a point).
Occasionally, however, I have to disagree with his old-fashioned ways.
I'm the editor of the family. You wouldn't know it from my blogs (sorry, but it's a blog, not a column), but I'm a fierce follower of Strunk & White. I also like to keep up with new rules on grammar and punctuation. I love that stuff. Sometimes I eschew changes (like the fact that "irregardless" has appeared in the OED for the last 100 years) it, but several years ago I began to embrace a modern punctuation change: the single-space post-period.
Double-spaces after a sentence are for those who were taught to type on a typewriter. Or for those who were taught to type by people who were taught to type on a typewriter. That includes most of us. Initially perturbed, I've come to agree that double-spaces post-period look awkward on a page of typed font.
Today, when editing and trying to single-space David's schoolwork, I was chastised and reminded, "Your mate's an old-fashioned man, sweetheart. I believe in holding doors for women, manners, and double-spaces."
Go ahead and google away at the single v. double debate, if you are shocked to learn that your double-spaces are generally considered incorrect these days. I won't judge you. After all, I married one of you.
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