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The font loathed round the world

January 11th, 2012 · 40 comments

No matter the hemisphere, Comic Sans gets no love. (This note, however, seems to have inspired a Brazilian copycat.)

Please keep this door closed. Management. Please don't use Comic Sans if you're serious.

Rodolfo’s rough translation from the Portuguese:

Please keep this door closed. Management.

Please don’t use Comic Sans if you’re serious.

related: The original “please don’t use Comic Sans”

FILED UNDER: Brazil · Comic Sans Alert · Copycat

40 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Quite Contrary

    The next time I receive an email or a document in Comic Sans, I’m responding with, “Please don’t use Comic Sans if you’re serious.” The question is whether to use it in English or Portuguese.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      Why ask? Write it in English, use Babel Fish to translate it to Portuguese, and then use Babel Fish to translate it back to English.

      “Please he does not use cómico without if you are serious.”

      Jan 12, 2012 at 6:15 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Kyt

      Why stop there? Why not write it in Klingon, Quenya and Sindarin then to be sure its understood, add Japanese for good measure. ;)

      Jan 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #2   kellita

    Finally seeing something good from my country.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   latin-aggressive

      :kellita (#2)
      seriously?, that is what you call something good from your country?, the most rampant economy in the last years, leaving UK behind and that, even when joking, is the best you can think as from Brasil.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   kellita

      latin-aggressive, don’t believe the hype. ;)

      Jan 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   clumber

      Oh hell, i am barely even giving a shit and I can come up with good from latin-aggressive’s country. Their Bull Riders have won the Championship 2 years in a row and been something like 4 of the top 5 for 3 years running.

      AND there is – in this very workplace women’s restroom – a spray stink titled “Brasil CARNEVAL”. I have not the balls to give it a spray, as I suspect it will either shave my parts, or will erupt with busty women. I am not certain how to prepare for both possibilities.

      Jan 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #3   Clip Snark

    Comic Sans and Curlz MT are dark secrets from my past.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Adriana

      I set Comic Sans as my permanent font on AIM back in the late ’90s.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      And that’s where it should have stayed. In the ’90s.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 6:12 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #4   PA Brit

    It’s an attributional shame for English — and, less so, French — speakers that Comic Sans is used “as is” by Portuguese protestor, CB. He/she is happy to blame the Americans for Comic Sans.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   Abby

    I googled Comic Sans and found this treasure:

    Jan 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Atheist Scum Unite!

      I usually don’t follow the links posted in the comments section, but that one was truly a gem.

      Jan 13, 2012 at 8:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #6   Teacups keep falling on my head

    copycat or coincidence?

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Poltergeist

    You whiners think Comic Sans is that bad? You’ll all be receiving a personalized note, very serious in tone, from me, typed in a combination of Curlz MT size 200 and Edwardian Script size 4. This note will include a very liberal amount of colors, emoticons, exclamation points, and text-speak. The ink may also be slightly smudged, and there will be a curious stain in the lower right-hand corner.

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf


      Jan 12, 2012 at 6:11 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   clumber

      eh – toss in some Papyrus and some webdings too, ya’ hoser.

      Jan 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   Liz

    I have nothing against Comic Sans or other “fun” fonts but not in a serious office note. Nobody’s going to “listen” to a font like that. Just leave your MS Word with whatever default font it starts with.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 2:27 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #9   Liz

    Hatered of comic sans is a universal language

    Jan 12, 2012 at 2:31 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #10   Caiman

    I got an unjust traffic ticket last year, and, being poor and meek, had immense difficulty paying it off. A couple months after I got it (and I had hand-written a new letter asking for an extension each month), they sent me a final notice.

    Guess which font they used.

    I replied with one final letter and the rest of the money, telling them to enjoy whatever they bought with the money I worked so hard to scrape together (I assumed a lamp) and thanking them for the lovely 72-point Comic Sans.

    Very professional. Very classy.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 4:01 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Lil'

      A final notice letter in Comic Sans – gotta love it. You really should have posted it here. You dropped the ball, Caiman.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 10:42 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Caiman

      Oh shoot, you’re right. I have a blurry illegible photo of the letter, and I DO have that final notice around here somewhere…

      Jan 14, 2012 at 2:22 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #11   The Elf

    That is one minimalist PAN. No drawings, no exclamation points, no random cursing, no overly involved explanations. I am impressed.

    Of course, it is a Brazilian PAN. That explains the minimalism.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 6:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #12   unsatisfied

    why so serious?

    Jan 12, 2012 at 10:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   clumber


      Jan 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   Matilda

    Am I the only person in the world who actually kinda LIKES Comic Sans?


    Jan 12, 2012 at 11:15 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   The Elf

      I like Comic Sans. In comics.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 11:46 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   quigrey

      yes, yes you are.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 11:47 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   Lil'

      Of course not. A gerência likes it too.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #13.4   youjik33

      I kinda like it on fliers and informal things. It ISN’T a serious-looking font, but I feel like if you’re trying to make your sign seem friendly and approachable there’s nothing wrong with that.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.5   Poltergeist

      No, you’re not alone Matilda. I think Comic Sans is a very pleasing, clear font that’s perfectly fine to use for anything that’s not serious or professional in nature. The font has simply become a butt monkey because of the dimwits who manage to write their entire master’s thesis in it. I almost feel bad for the font, which has done nothing wrong on its own. Fonts don’t hurt people; people hurt people!

      Jan 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #13.6   Mgb

      I like it too, and I use it for all my letters, notices, etc for moms & tots, playschool, kindergarten, kids sports teams, etc. It’s kid friendly, and I picked that up from a grade one teacher.

      Jan 13, 2012 at 10:19 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.7   Redheadwglasses

      I like it, too, but now I feel like a doosh for it. ; )

      Jan 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #14   CopperplateGothicBold

    Comic sans is the work of the devil! It is quite fantastic to see someone stand up against comic sans. The only thing that would have made the note back better would have been to use Copperplate Gothic Bold. Although CGB does have a fairly American leaning to it’s use, it’s quite effective at showing that you mean business.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #15   bliffit

    Having a Brazilian copycat is just a hair better than a copycat Brazilian.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #16   jetjackson

    Comic sans friends.

    Jan 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   AmbivalentTowardsComicSans

    It may come as a shock to some of you, but Comic Sans has some redeeming qualities… It’s a dyslexic-friendly font… that is to say that because it is clear and round and shapely, many dyslexics find it easier to read. For that reason we used to use it on all official documents for our university RAG society.

    That said… I hear y’all!

    Jan 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #18   MAMARILLA2 bang

    Recently I have been searching for the perfect Sarcasm font..

    Jan 13, 2012 at 9:33 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   toni in florida

    Awww, don’t worry, li’l font; I love you!

    (No, seriously, it’s my favorite font. What?! Don’t be a hater.)

    Jan 14, 2012 at 8:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   Rodolfo

    They seem to officially love Comic Sans in Poland. God, SO many things written entirely in Comic Sans. I got a Polish certificate from a summer language course in Comic Sans. AND is has an old-looking parchment scroll as a background!!

    And not, I don’t think Comic Sans is usable in ANY situations. For informal, fun things, I think it’s too bland and boring.

    Jan 28, 2012 at 7:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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