If you correct people for using “font” instead of “type,” this is a must-read.
From NPR: In addition to Typography 101 terms — including serif versus sans serif, a serif being “a finishing stroke” at the “feet or tips of letters … often appearing to ground the letter on the page” — Just My Type offers profiles of the eponymous (and often eccentric) graphic designers who created such classics as Baskerville, Gill Sans and Johnston Sans. It is also stuffed with fascinating bits of information. Who knew, for example, that the backward P printer’s mark that denotes a paragraph break is called a pilcrow or that the only letters formed in a clockwise direction are m, n, h, k, b, p and r? A single character combining a question mark and an exclamation — called an interrobang — didn’t catch on because it doesn’t read well in small sizes and never made it to standard keyboards, while, thanks to email addresses, the @, also known as an amphora, has become ubiquitous. Type designers show off their entire alphabets with pangrams, and the most famous, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” has spawned a video with more than 300,000 views on YouTube. What may be the worst typo of all time appeared in Christopher Barker’s Bible of 1631, which included the commandment, “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
Read the whole article here: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/01/140039760/fond-of-font-check-out-just-my-type?sc=fb&cc=fp