Dear World – Fonts And Punctuation

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Dear World.

I find myself thinking the same thing over and over again, and it revolved around the orchestra that is the humble qwerty keyboard.

That’s right, I am going to bore you to death with my ponderings of fonts and my dislike of the exclamation mark.

First off, fonts. For a while now (and by while, I mean nearly five years), I have been involved with the world of Photoshop.

In the beginning of the journey, all I did was image effects like pencil overlays and that. Though, as I matured and understood the workings of the raster-image editing software, I began to grow an interest in typography and web design.

And even before I began to play around with text effects, I’ve had a hatred for one font in particular. The font in question? Comic Sans.

Comic Sans was modelled on fonts used in American comic books and was released in 1994. It’s not the most liked font, to say the least. But, that said, I’m not a mindless sheep who follows everyone else’s opinion. So, here’s what I think of the font.

First off, it’s not all bad. I understand that it is a good font for those who have dyslexia, as the font is easy to read. That said, the font, including fonts such as Impact, are overused. Not only that, used for the wrong circumstances.

For instance, I remember some people use Comic Sans for use on a CV. I’m not sure about my fellow users of the Clic network, but surely one thing that makes someone looks unprofessional is the use of Comic Sans on a CV. There are a tonne of other examples, but I can’t think of any for the moment.

Also, as I mentioned before, I don’t like the Impact font either. It seems that every television program is using it. Shows like Jeremy Kyle uses it (or at least a variant of it), so did Lost and Penn & Teller: Fool Us among numerous others, not to mention that Iceland uses it from time to time.

And it begs the question, why have I written nearly three hundred and fifty words about fonts, in particular the fonts that I dislike? I’m unsure. Let’s proceed with the wall of textual diarrhoea that is my Dear World.

If you read back on my many articles, you’ll notice one thing. Yes, they are all below average, but apart from that.

I’m guessing only twenty per cent of you got it right. So, only two of you got that I hardly ever use exclamation marks in any form of writing.

According to the home of free knowledge, otherwise known as Wikipedia, the exclamation mark is to indicate strong feelings or shouting, and the example they used was “Watch out!”.

But to me, it doesn’t convey strong feelings and rarely conveys the need of shouting. To me, every time I read something that ends in an exclamation mark, I always hear it in my head as if they are joking.

Here are two examples. First, without exclamation, followed by the same sentence with said punctuation mark.

“I’ve lost my leg.” “I’ve lost my leg!”

And before I continue, I really had nothing else up my sleeve in regards to examples. I would be a terrible teacher.

Anyway, look at those two near-identical sentences again. To me, the first one looks serious, while the one with the exclamation doesn’t convey shouting, but a form of joking around. It’s hard to show what I am saying in text, it really does.

The reasoning for this thought of mine on the exclamation mark? Its overuse to represent total astonishment. We’ve all seen at least one example of someone writing something like “that was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!1!”, adding the 1s into the mix to look hardcore and everything. And that, my possible friend, is one of the reasons.

Another reason is that I find that capitalising the letters makes for a better way to emphasise something. The same example is as follows.

“I’ve lost my leg.” “I’ve lost my leg!” “I’VE LOST MY LEG.”

To me, the third one shows more emphasis than the other two combined. Though, like many others possibly, capitalising all the letters of a sentence, paragraph or story would just look somewhat ugly.

And that’s it. That’s my ignorant opinions on some fonts and a punctuation mark. If you have read this in expectation to be amused, then I aplogise for not being the clown in text form that you had expected. If your motive was to waste time, you win, kind person thing.

I thank ye, world.

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