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US State Department bans Courier from all

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 30, 2004

US State Department bans Courier from all official correspondence, replacing it with “more modern” Times New Roman. Personally, I would like to see them using Comic Sans.

Reader comments

JeffJan 30, 2004 at 12:52PM

But now all of the State Department’s screenplays and teleplays will be rejected out of hand as improperly formatted!

ChrisJan 30, 2004 at 12:59PM

rg: I think he said that with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

davidJan 30, 2004 at 1:43PM

The Times New Roman and Roman Empire analogies are bound to arise now. One question: will this make the blacked out copy in declassified documents easier to read?

DanJan 30, 2004 at 2:16PM

My Dean’s List Certificate that I got in undergrad printed my name in Comic Sans. Needless to say, I was disaffected.

And I did *not* go to Clown College!

margaretJan 30, 2004 at 8:04PM

my school district redesigned their curriculum a few years ago- using copius amounts of comic sans. that’s what happens when you let a bunch of elementary school teachers loose with a word processor. and i won’t even mention the PowerPoints, and the worksheets that link to nonexistant websites, and… well, i’m a little bitter.

kolyJan 31, 2004 at 12:37AM

All this talk of typefaces and not one mention of hobo. ‘Tis a sad, sad day indeed…

GrahamFeb 01, 2004 at 5:40AM

Hey, Hobo rocks. Don’t you go knocking Hobo, man…

ScottishFeb 03, 2004 at 6:35PM

Wow…the US State Department DOES have some sense. Courier has got to be the single ugliest font I’ve ever seen in my life.

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