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

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

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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
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Like these ~professional~ presentation slides:

@jessiekate9 / Via Twitter: @jessiekate9

And this fashion statement:

@gsorvig / Via Twitter: @gsorvig

IT’S EVEN FOUND ITS WAY ONTO MAYONNAISE PACKETS:

@tetsuyabh / Via Twitter: @tetsuyabh

Sometimes it's even hidden in PLAIN SIGHT:

@JoeLudgewigs / Lightstorm Entertainment / Via Twitter: @JoeLudgewigs
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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.

Adam Ellis / BuzzFeed Comics

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

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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.

https://twitter.com/jennifuchs/status/445586649381343232
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/papyrus

But any other use of it is NOT OK.

~This has been a public service announcement~
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~This has been a public service announcement~