What the freak Sheriff?
Okay ... NOT the kind of space an astronaut flies into.
THIS kind of space:
(and no, those aren't my fingers--Google images is a wonderful thing)
For those of you who are old-school (ahem *raises hand*), I was taught a mere fifteen years a go in high school to put TWO spaces at the end of sentences. And yes, this was on a computer (I'll tell you why this is important in a sec.)
Apparently, this rule is no longer the norm.
How do you unprogram your brain to NOT automatically tap the space bar twice after you end a sentence? Well, I'll tell ya', it's hard. I STILL do it.
I guess a long, long, long time ago (when we typed with typewriters), the typewriter put an equal space IN the sentence, as well as at the END of a sentence. All the spaces were the same size, so in order to have a "visual space" at the end of the sentence, you had to type TWO spaces.
A-HA!!! So that's where that rule came from.
But ... hmmm ... why was I taught to do the same thing, on a word processing program, on a computer?!?!
Habit, maybe? IDK. I couldn't find the answer to that question.
Well now, dear peeps, technology has caught up with the "double space" rule and word processing programs AUTOMATICALLY re-size the space at the end of the sentence. That means you only need to type ONE space instead of two.
Granted, some people still prefer two spaces (me, lol).
Will you get rejected if you use two?
But the general rule is to only tap that space bar ONCE!
Jeez. Now if I only get my fingers to cooperate.