Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I have a small crowd of usage-related stuff and not a whole lot of time, so, without further ado....
"Its" Seen Too Often?
The above title either belongs in both this Craig Ceely post on "Its vs. It's" and this "Gallery of 'Misused' Quotation Marks" -- or to neither!
America's Most Fonted
Via Paul Hsieh's Geek Press, which is a fantastic place to burn a few spare moments, comes this list of most abused fonts and the people who use them.
I now finally know the name of that goofy font a former coworker I otherwise liked pretty well was using on everything. And it occupies first place on the list!
1. Comic Sans MSI would add only that, as a matter of personal style, this font is as close to a mullet as one can get in an electronic document, at least in terms of conspicuousness and annoyance to others.
This is indeed the AOL of fonts; the very accessibility that made it popular and novel in the 1990s became its downfall. These days, just like an e-mail from an "@aol.com" address has a distinct lack of credibility, an e-mail written in this font makes the sender seem ridiculous and out of touch.
Common abusers: Clueless execs who think it makes their e-mail signature seem fun (because nothing bridges the six-figure salary gap between boss and worker bee like a good typeface); kids who identify with its kiddie-ness and thus apply it to their IMs, e-mails, and even school papers; homemade advertisements for DAYCARE PROVIDER'S or PARTY PLANNER'S (Comic Sans people tend to be apostrophe abusers as well)
Probable famous user: Elizabeth Hasselbeck [some markups edited]
Share this list! The font-usage-challenged in your life will one day thank you.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Adrian Hester, commenting on this post, drew my attention to this annual event, "which calls for writing a bad first sentence from an imaginary novel". In honor of the two car enthusiasts on my blogroll, I quote this, the winning entry from 2005:
As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual. -- Dan McKay, Fargo, NDHee, hee!
Yeah. I'm testing them out. No. I haven't had time to play with filtering ads and might not for about a week. But I do find it amusing in a way that advertisements for Moslem sites are finding their way here.
Just think: Beer money from a Moslem!