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Spaces after full stops. Anyone as old as me?

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Lovetopaint037 Sat 27-Jul-19 19:46:55

In 1956 and 1957 I was being taught shorthand and typing at my Central school in London. We were taught then to leave 3 spaces after a full stop and two spaces after a semi colon. It was second nature to me and although I retrained later on the habit continued. Now I read in the news that Reese-Mogg is instructing his staff to use 2 spaces after a full stop. Is there anyone old enough to remember the 3 and 2 rule?

Farmor15 Sat 27-Jul-19 19:55:08

I taught myself to type from a Pitman’s book about 1967 and learnt to put 3 spaces after full stop and 2 after semi-colon, like you, Lovetopaint. I still prefer to put 2 or 3 spaces after full stop, though I know it’s out of fashion.

kittylester Sat 27-Jul-19 20:44:37

I was taught to use two spaces after a flipping stop. No mention of Colons.

And, double spacing for paragraphs.

absent Sat 27-Jul-19 20:45:14

Whether two or three spaces, it is not so much out of fashion as no longer necessary unless you are using a typewriter rather than a computer. Perhaps Jacob Rees-Mogg will be reinstating typewriters in his office.

Luckylegs Sat 27-Jul-19 20:47:41

I was taught the same way in my secretarial course. I still do two spaces after a full stop, couldn’t do anything different now! I thought everyone did!

Grannybags Sat 27-Jul-19 20:49:15

I learnt to type in the 60s and was taught two spaces after a full stop.

And double spacing for paragraphs too

cornergran Sat 27-Jul-19 20:50:09

Same here.

Hetty58 Sat 27-Jul-19 20:55:46

The two or three spaces is definitely a typing/secretarial thing. In the print, only one space is used. It's hard to change habits and I can't see that it matters for viewing on a screen.

Sussexborn Sat 27-Jul-19 20:58:39

Same here.

I once spent half a lesson trying to work out a shorthand phrase. Turned out to be a dash! I must have been absent for the vital lesson.

Miss Horner was very strict. Even made us do a lesson on our last day of school.

jura2 Sat 27-Jul-19 21:03:24

Did secretarial training in 1969 - but not in the UK. Was never taught double spacing after full stop. None of my bosses or colleagues ever pointed it out to me either.

annep1 Sat 27-Jul-19 21:07:11

2 spaces after fullstop. I try to do it when texting.

rockgran Sat 27-Jul-19 21:13:32

2 spaces - still do it!

oldgimmer1 Sat 27-Jul-19 21:24:18

I learned to type in the 80s. Two spaces following a full stop then !

Still do it, by instinct.

kittylester Sat 27-Jul-19 21:41:35

I cant help it - it's a bit like breathing!

kittylester Sat 27-Jul-19 21:42:47

Double space after paragraphs causes havoc in messenger though.

GracesGranMK3 Sat 27-Jul-19 21:45:18

I've never heard of the 3/2 rule but certainly knew about two spaces after a full stop.

When companies tried to change it I was told that companies were trying to get reduce it down to one as a result of one company - I seem to have either BT or British Gas in my mind - wanting typists to increase their output. Mind you that could be a complete urban myth. I do think it helps people read more easily with two.

NannyDee Sat 27-Jul-19 21:50:46

Lovetopaint, the same for me...3 and 2. Also we had to indent the first line of a new paragraph.

Thebeeb Sat 27-Jul-19 21:52:46

Still do it. Can’t stop myself.

Nannylovesshopping Sat 27-Jul-19 22:30:32

Same here NannyDee

Jessity Sat 27-Jul-19 22:38:48

Two spaces after a full stop from secretarial college in the early 1960s. Still do it for letters though not for texts.

Tangerine Sat 27-Jul-19 23:32:52

Two spaces after a full stop. One space after a comma, colon or semi-colon.

Alima Sun 28-Jul-19 04:52:59

Have never done a shorthand and typing course so consequently not heard of the three spaces thingy. Have always thought it is not done to start a sentence with “and” though. Is that ok now then? Along with “but” and “so”.

Coolgran65 Sun 28-Jul-19 05:16:41

Learned my shorthand and typing in the mid sixties. Two spaces after a full stop, everything else one space.
Double spacing between paras.
Indent 5 spaces at new para.

Still use my shorthand when making notes on a telephone call. Also, if I'm doing a handwritten letter on good paper I do a rough draft first in shorthand.

Pantglas1 Sun 28-Jul-19 05:25:40

Same for me Coolgran65 - shorthand so useful out of the office especially for passwords for different accounts etc.

oldgimmer1 Sun 28-Jul-19 06:18:13

*alima "and", "so" and "but" are conjunctions (ie joining words), so you shouldn't start a sentence with one. I think. grin.