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Never Put Two Spaces After A Period

Never Put Two Spaces After A Period
Illustration by Slate. Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.* You'd expect, for instance, that anyone savvy enough to read Slate would know the proper rules of typing, but you'd be wrong; every third email I get from readers includes the two-space error. A Slate Plus Special Feature: Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Majoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin. What galls me about two-spacers isn't just their numbers. Typographers, that's who. Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. Type professionals can get amusingly—if justifiably—overworked about spaces. This readability argument is debatable. But I actually think aesthetics are the best argument in favor of one space over two. Is this arbitrary? Related:  Educational / Teacher related Blogs & social mediaphil_nitsche

Why two spaces after a period isn’t wrong (or, the lies typographers tell about history) - Heraclitean River The topic of spacing after a period (or “full stop” in some parts of the world) has received a lot of attention in recent years. The vitriol that the single-space camp has toward the double-spacers these days is quite amazing, and typographers have made up an entire fake history to justify their position. The story usually goes something like this: Once upon a time, typographical practice was anarchy. Printers put in all sizes of spaces in haphazard ways, including after periods. A short version of this story is told, for example, by Grammar Girl in her advice on this question. The author, Farhad Manjoo, is astounded to find so many educated and ignorant people who apparently believe that two spaces are okay. Unfortunately, this whole story is a fairy tale, made up by typographers to make themselves feel like they are correct in some absolute way. Early Sources (before 1870, i.e., pre-typewriter) Spacing practices for the first couple centuries of the printing press were quite variable.

Revolving around the Writing Revolution - Lingua Franca I’ve been following a raging debate in The Atlantic over the pedagogy of writing, a subject dear to my heart but clear as mud when it comes to formulating a position. The leadoff to the online debate, which continues through mid-October, was an article by the education reporter Peg Tyre about a new approach taken at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. The follow-ups—more than a dozen as I write this—have been from people who have a stake in this matter of writing instruction. They range from the “Freedom Writer” diva Erin Gruwell to the president of Hampden-Sydney College. I recommend the series to Lingua Franca readers and hope that many will use this forum to articulate their takeaway from the debate; comments on The Atlantic site itself seem to be article-specific. Most people who write about writing are both passionate and competent writers themselves. That observation took me back to the original article, the only one that seems not to have been written by an advocate. Why not?

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Affect Versus Effect I get asked whether to use affect or effect all the time, and it is by far the most requested grammar topic, so I have a few mnemonics and a cartoon to help you remember. What Is the Difference Between Affect and Effect? Before we get to the memory trick though, I want to explain the difference between the two words: The majority of the time you use affect with an a as a verb and effect with an e as a noun. When Should You Use Affect? Affect with an a means "to influence," as in, "The arrows affected Aardvark," or "The rain affected Amy's hairdo." When Should You Use Effect? Effect with an e has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but to me the meaning "a result" seems to be at the core of all the definitions. Common Uses of Affect and Effect Most of the time, affect is a verb and effect is a noun. There are rare instances where the roles are switched, and I'll get to those later, but for now let's focus on the common meanings. "But why Aardvark?" Rare Uses of Affect and Effect Administrative

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The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car — Backchannel After 1.7 million miles we’ve learned a lot — not just about our system but how humans drive, too. About 33,000 people die on America’s roads every year. That’s why so much of the enthusiasm for self-driving cars has focused on their potential to reduce accident rates. As we continue to work toward our vision of fully self-driving vehicles that can take anyone from point A to point B at the push of a button, we’re thinking a lot about how to measure our progress and our impact on road safety. One of the most important things we need to understand in order to judge our cars’ safety performance is “baseline” accident activity on typical suburban streets. The most common accidents our cars are likely to experience in typical day to day street driving — light damage, no injuries — aren’t well understood because they’re not reported to police. In the spirit of helping all of us be safer drivers, we wanted to share a few patterns we’ve seen. Lots of people aren’t paying attention to the road.

Affect vs. Effect By Mark Nichol Among the pairs of words writers often confuse, affect and effect might be the most perplexing, perhaps because their meanings are so similar. Affect, derived from affectus, from the Latin word afficere, “to do something to, act on,” is easily conflated with effect, borrowed from Anglo-French, ultimately stemming from the Latin word effectus, from efficere, “to bring about.” Affect The various senses of affect, each followed by a sentence demonstrating them, follow: A noun meaning “mental state”: “In his report, the psychiatrist, noting his lack of expression or other signs of emotion, described his affect as flat.” A verb meaning “to produce an effect, to influence”: “I knew that my opinion would affect her choice, so I deliberately withheld it.” A verb meaning “to pretend” or “to put on”: “She tried to affect an air of nonchalance, though she was visibly agitated.” Words with affect as the root, followed by their use in a sentence, include the following: Effect

Educational Webpages 750 Words Seoul Korea 7 Day Itinerary and Summary This was the full rundown of the schedule that we eventually ended up following. Note that we had to make a lot of adjustments along the way. Initially we wanted to go to Nami Island on Sat February 16 but with the weather as cold as it was, it didn’t make that much sense. Instead we ended up spreading out the schedule a bit more. Click the links on the dates to take you to the associated blog entries. Exchanging money – Don’t even bother changing money at home. Getting Around – If you want to go to specific places make sure you have the name and address of the place in Korean charactersCabbing – We found that cabbing was sometimes just way more convenient to get around especially if you don’t live near a subway line. Flying the way it should be done! Fish cake soup Students going to class This turned out to be DELICIOUS Myeongdong Shopping Nice beard The three On the roof of Ssamziegil Mall during sunset Fantastic noodles An umbrella installation And up we go! My turn to dress up Cutest dog ever.