Some things are a matter of opinion. Some things are a matter of fact. This is one of them: Comic Sans is evil incarnate. I am not unique or original in this view, which as mentioned isn’t actually a view but a fact, but it is worth pointing out here because for some reason, not everyone is aware that Comic Sans is evil incarnate.
What is Comic Sans?
Comic Sans is a font. A typeface. A Microsoft standard font released in 1994 to ape comic book lettering for kiddy stuff, jokey stuff, etc. For no reason at all, the world went entirely mad when they saw it and fully-grown, seemingly-professional adults started using it for formal communications. AT WORK. FOR BUSINESS.
This forced what was a perfectly fine ‘cute and wacky’ font to become the most hated thing in design since clipart, and rightly so. There are situations, communcations, where it is simply not appropriate to use a font whose personality is this:
“Yoo hoo!!!! I am Comic Sans! I am soooo much fun! Hey! A ball! I want the ball! Gimme the ball! Play with meeeee! WHEEEEE! BALL! You threw the ball, yay! I am running after the ball, watch me watch me watch me are you watching me?! I have it! I have it! I have the ball! AHHH I HURT MY TOOTSIE! WAHHH! MOMMMMYY!! Eh whasssis? A COOKIE! MINE! Hee hee hee I has a cookie a nom nom nom nom. Doody doody doody HONK HONK “.
If that’s the personality you are trying to imbue into your writing, then by all means go ahead and use Comic Sans. Just bear in mind that using Comic Sans gives exactly the same messages as! using! an! exclamation! mark! after! every! word!!!
For those of you not familiar with it, you might not think that such an innocent-looking font could possibly give off that much “don’t be alarmed, this communication is FUN!” evilness, but you must bear in mind that the font is now so well-known, it labours not only by its ‘cute and wacky’ looks, but under the weight of its reputation. Here are some web resources expressing the level of hatred for Comic Sans:
One final point before I ask my AI question. The ‘sans’ in Comic Sans refers to it being a ‘sans serif’ font, that is, without extra decorative lines like Times New Roman etc. Â ‘Sans’ simply means ‘without’. So a literal definition of Comic Sans could simply be NOT FUNNY.
You do know Comic Sans is evil incarnate, right? What do you think looks unprofessional (mis-used apostrophes in grocery store windows, clipart, websites with unskippable Flash intros)?
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