These hilarious font fails are a typographer's nightmare

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(Image credit: Belle Chic / u/ThePhantom1994 on Reddit)

Some people spend hours agonising over what font to use for even the most trivial of communicational messages. Others really don't. We've surely all seen some terrible font fails out there but they may pale in comparison to some of the travesties gathered in an online forum collecting some of the most questionable typographic decisions spotted in the wild.

From unfortunate resemblances to unintended letters to text that's entirely illegible or just downright ugly, the Font Gore subreddit is a repository for crimes against typography (see our picks of the best free fonts and perfect font pairings if you want to avoid the same fate).

Over on Reddit, people have been posting typographical travesties in the Font Gore subreddit since way back in 2015, and there are some clangers. From unfortunate double entendres to unintentional comedy, here's a sample.

ah yes. the cilantro lime enema. from r/fontgore

Not what you expect with your take out.

They tried (x-post r/therewasanattempt) from r/fontgore

No excuses at all for not finding the way.

This is on all county sheriff vehicles… (x-post r/suspiciousquotes) from r/fontgore

The quotation marks on this are just a bonus. 

Felt like this belonged here from r/fontgore

Saturday Night Live's favourite font... AKA the Avatar font.

That’s my favorite color too from r/fontgore

Führer gold?

Tw*t yourself from r/fontgore

Just rude!

Art is Anal ? from r/fontgore

Well, it can be, to be honest.

Take a look at out pick of the worst design fails for more gems. Want to revamp your own font selections? See our guides to the best free web fonts, the best Google fonts and the best Adobe fonts.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.