Two spaces after a period? Call in the Marines!

Hold the presses! The CMOS stands up to the Marines.

Q. About two spaces after a period. As a U.S. Marine, I know that what’s right is right and you are wrong. I declare it once and for all aesthetically more appealing to have two spaces after a period. If you refuse to alter your bullheadedness, I will petition the commandant to allow me to take one Marine detail to conquer your organization and impose my rule. Thou shalt place two spaces after a period. Period. Semper Fidelis.

A. As a U.S. Marine, you’re probably an expert at something, but I’m afraid it’s not this. Status quo.

From Chicago Manual of Style monthly Q&A. [Extra period in Q added by me.]

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4 Responses to Two spaces after a period? Call in the Marines!

  1. jmswisher says:

    I think you meant to write “after” in your headline. Any number of spaces before a period is generally frowned upon 🙂

  2. Mike Hughes says:

    I was surprised at the conference in Minneapolis in a session where the speaker polled the audience to see how many still put two spaces after a period, and a large number of hands went up. At least we can all agree on the serial comma–AAArrrghh, incoming mortar!!!!

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  4. craig f. says:

    Loved it. Did you see that the Press folks consider this entry one of their all-time favorites from their Q&A?
    http://uchiblogo.uchicago.edu/archives/2009/01/out_of_the_ques.html

    This month’s set is great too. The Obama-related Q&A is especially amusing. Just keep scrolling if you don’t have time to read the whole thing. It’s about 1/3 down the page.
    http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/CMS_FAQ/new/new_questions01.html

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