So we are full swing into writing season. I have one major writing assignment under my grading belt, and two more to go.
As I gaze upon my social networks, I recently came across this raging debate (really? was my response...) about the correct usage of double space following periods.
Maybe it's the Ohioan in me, but I snuffed my nose at this debate. Why, oh why, are we debating something that I have never come across in writing. Maybe my subjects were too new to the topic. Maybe it's that I am in academia.
Yet, after reading the twenty some odd responses to this posting I maybe the one late to the party.
And even stranger is the existence of the great Internet capitalization debate. Should we or shouldn't we? I have always said yes, primarily because the Internet is capitalized according to MLA. And that is the documentation style I am required to use at my place of work. 'Nuff said.
So, the long and short of this is grammar is a changin', my friend. And it seems to be relative to the group with which you write.
Until then, I am going to take my pointers from the all knowing Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) to solve these problems.
And try my hardest to follow the middle of the road grammar rules.
Where do you stand on this great debate? How do you span the gap as a 'know-nothing' social studies teacher? Do you get all grammatical on your charges? Or are you a smidge more lax?
When I am not g'ing it up, I am tackling the bigger problem... writing skills. Maybe my kids will write well enough to work at C-Span studios. Maybe.