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    Posted on Jun. 3, 2016

    Dear World: Stop Using Papyrus, We’re Begging You

    Don't be on the wrong side of font history.

    You learned three fundamental rules growing up: Always look before you cross, no elbows on the table, and absolutely, under no circumstances should you ever use Comic Sans.

    And we've been pretty good about it. But there's a typeface that's been creeping its way into our daily lives and it needs to be stopped immediately. It's called Papyrus.

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    You probably remember it from your fifth-grade project on the Nile River. And it's a default in most programs, which I'm pretty sure should be illegal.

    @MrODoherty1 / Via Twitter: @MrODoherty1

    But suddenly we're finding it on EVERYTHING UNDER THE GODDAMNED SUN.

    @Dave_MKE / Via Twitter: @Dave_MKE

    Like these ~professional~ presentation slides:

    @jessiekate9 / Via Twitter: @jessiekate9

    And this fashion statement:

    @gsorvig / Via Twitter: @gsorvig


    @tetsuyabh / Via Twitter: @tetsuyabh

    Sometimes it's even hidden in PLAIN SIGHT:

    @JoeLudgewigs / Lightstorm Entertainment / Via Twitter: @JoeLudgewigs

    And other times it's the official logo of successful companies:

    @theevank / Via Twitter: @theevank

    No, it's not "rustic-looking," "organic," or "charming." It's straight-up infuriating. And it needs to end.

    Sarah Aspler

    Because it enrages everyone. And they will judge you for it.

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    And just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it does...

    Because some tortured soul decided to merge both Papyrus and Comic Sans into a single typeface, confirming once and for all that humanity is doomed.

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    But let's get back to Papyrus. There is absolutely, without a doubt, no acceptable reason to use it – OH. Wait a minute.

    @jennifuchs / Via Twitter: @jennifuchs

    OK, fine. You got me there.

    But any other use of it is NOT OK.

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    ~This has been a public service announcement~

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