As Winnie the Pooh would say, “Oh, bother!”
Over time, I have become accustomed to the frequent changes in thought on such topics such as whether eggs have too much cholesterol, whether Pluto is a planet, and whether one should stay in the sun to absorb vitamin D or stay out of it to avoid sun cancer. I understand; this is science. Scientific reports change when studies turn out to be invalid, measurements turn out to be inaccurate, or new information is discovered.
On the other hand, I had honestly expected that punctuation would be more static in nature.
Strangely, I have begun to hear some rather fervent debates and proclamations about the use of series commas and the number of spaces after a period.
How can there be new developments in punctuation? Why is it even open to debate?
Apparently, changes in technology and preferences for certain writing styles are to blame. Frankly, it gives me a headache.
I will use sunscreen whenever I remember…today, I did not remember. I will always call Pluto a planet, although I understand it is smaller than previously believed. I will continue to eat eggs, yolks and all, because they taste good and they are a source of protein.
I will also continue to use series commas and add two spaces after my periods, as I have always done. Some may say that my actions are wrong. I do not wish to offend anyone. I hope that my readers may be tolerant enough to accept my old fashioned ways.
Read about the debate on the serial comma here.
Read about the debate on spaces after periods here.