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pbbth
10-26-2010, 02:07 PM
I've noticed more and more over the last year or so people using punctuation in what appears to be an incorrect manner. I'm not talking about missing an apostrophe or something but obvious, purposeful misuse where you leave a space between the end of your sentence and your punctuation mark. The most recent I've seen was this quote from another thread:

You guys are so wrong . Letting a home burn down and animals die for 75 bucks is shameful. Why you cold hearted people can stubbornly stick to an untenable and morally wrong position , I can not guess. But I wish you had the ability to admit when you are wrong.
That kind of thing should not be done.

I'm not picking on gonzo because I've seen this dozens of times by dozens of people all over the place, not just here. My dad recently asked me to review an ebay item and he had this gap on every single piece of punctuation. I asked him why and he said it was to draw attention to the exclamation mark/question mark and I told him all it did was draw attention to his piss poor grammar and punctuation skills but I can tell he still wants to put that extra space between the word and the punctuation.

Is this proper usage that I've never been informed of or are people just developing weird writing habits?

Sunspace
10-26-2010, 02:10 PM
I vote for weird writing habits. If someone takes it up as a house style, and more and more people start to use it, it will drift towards acceptance.

BobLibDem
10-26-2010, 02:20 PM
No, it is not acceptable punctuation use.

guizot
10-26-2010, 02:23 PM
Just. Get. Over. It.

Already.

pbbth
10-26-2010, 02:49 PM
No, it is not acceptable punctuation use.

Good to know. Every time I see it I go into a mental RAEG but then I stop myself because it could have been legitimate. Now I know that the rage is justified!:D

tdn
10-26-2010, 02:51 PM
I've never known it to be acceptable. But I'll sometimes do that if I'm writing something by hand. That's more a penmanship issue than one of puctuation.

Jonathan Chance
10-26-2010, 02:56 PM
No. It's not proper.

-Jonathan Chance, adjunct professor of journalism and writing.

palindromemordnilap
10-26-2010, 03:06 PM
Good to know. Every time I see it I go into a mental RAEG but then I stop myself because it could have been legitimate. Now I know that the rage is justified!:D

Is RAEG an acronym for Rant Against Egregious Gaps? Or just a typo? The widespread intolerance of minor punctuation breaches and accidental misspellings is one of the only unattractive things about the SDMB.








Yes, I'm aware that "Or just a typo?" is a sentence fragment.

pbbth
10-26-2010, 03:13 PM
Is RAEG an acronym for Rant Against Egregious Gaps? Or just a typo? The widespread intolerance of minor punctuation breaches and accidental misspellings is one of the only unattractive things about the SDMB.








Yes, I'm aware that "Or just a typo?" is a sentence fragment.

It is a meme indicating extreme, face-stabbing rage. Totally normal, I promise! But the fact that things like RAEG have found their way into acceptable usage (or at least partially acceptable usage) made me wonder about the punctuation thing.

Sigmagirl
10-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Added a hyphen to "piss-poor grammar."

Beware of Doug
10-26-2010, 10:11 PM
If I see another dependent clause ending in a period. I may go shoot up a tea party rally.

This is a mistake you never used to see back before the innertoobz, even from dum people. It is dumness standing proud and feeling its oats.

friedo
10-26-2010, 11:42 PM
Good to know. Every time I see it I go into a mental RAEG but then I stop myself because it could have been legitimate. Now I know that the rage is justified!:D

You know what sends me into a gigantic frothing RAEG. When people end questions with a period.

Gary T
10-27-2010, 12:32 AM
My dad recently asked me to review an ebay item and he had this gap on every single piece of punctuation. I asked him why and he said it was to draw attention to the exclamation mark/question mark and I told him all it did was draw attention to his piss poor grammar and punctuation skills but I can tell he still wants to put that extra space between the word and the punctuation.He's right in thinking that will draw attention. Where he's wrong is in presumably thinking that will somehow help him. In drawing attention it distracts from the message he'd really like to get across.