– Rober Brault
so the other night i was talking with my friend T-Bone about reading blogs [he told me he enjoyed reading my blog ::blush::].
he's a lawyer and he likes proper sentence structure. capital letters at the beginning, proper punctuation, etc. which is funny because i
anyways, i was discussing my love of the ellipsis and how i use it all the time...mainly in this blog, status updates and IMs. he told me about how he likes using ellipsis with a fourth punctuation...a fourth punctuation?!? GASP! i needed an example stat. after a few minutes he came up with this...
"did you do it...?"
my mind immediately goes in the gutter. but i liked how IT implied a bunch of things. i'm even giggling right now thinking about IT. hehehe.
i explained how i liked ellipsis for the dramatic pause they're suppose to create. and how they separate thoughts visually.
T-Bone then had the nerve to say "kinda like two spaces at the end of a sentence." internally i felt my stomach hit the floor.
where on earth did he learn to put two space after sentences!!!! law school, of course.
now even though i went to college for the same amount of time as lawyers, i'm pretty sure my awesome Bachelor of Fine Arts degree taught me correctly by putting single spaces after punctuation. it's been engraved into my daily life. So much so that i automatically do a command+find on every project that comes across my desk. and the fact the my proof reader would kill me if she got a 20 page brochure with double spaces every where.
Why, why on earth put two spaces?
the reason he gave me is because lawyers want to make sure that every sentenced is read. and that the reader is able to understand what they're reading. which makes sense cause lawyers are complicated as it is.
but it got me thinking. how different each profession teaches people to do things. even standard things. another observation, measurements.
one of my most favorite teachers at Kent State, Lee Goskey, taught me in my freshman year that measurements always go Width x Height x Depth. (i think i also learned that in woods class in middle school)
no. matter. what.
I get really frustrated when i have to work on outdoor billboards and they decide its okay to go Height x Width...grrr...
are there things you do in your profession that aren't kosher with the rest of the public?