One or two spaces: CMOS takes on the U.S. Marines

Subject: One or two spaces: CMOS takes on the U.S. Marines
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: austechwriter -at- freelists -dot- org, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 11:51:38 +0800

Saw this amusing exchange on the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A page

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_.


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