Typography is not just picking out a letter font and typing away; there is a whole system and a bunch of specific terms behind it. For example, a professional working with typography might use such terms as leading, kerning, foot, vertex, crotch and swash on a daily basis. Now, we are not going to drown you in stiff scientific language explaining all that, but rather show you what one of these words, kerning, means.

If you'd to check a dictionary, you'd find that kern might mean a yokel, but that's not the meaning used in typography. Kerning basically describes the horizontal spacing between two consecutive characters used in a font. When type was printed using cast metal, parts that needed to overlap adjacent letters hung off the edge. Computer typefaces might have manual, automatic, or no kerning whatsoever for every different font styles; no kerning can make it appear that there is a space between letters, while automatic kerning produces mixed results.

Still wondering why letter spacing is so important? Well, typography design fails can ruin (or make hilarious) even the best thought-out text, as the examples below demonstrate. It turns out that there is only a few millimeters difference between 'clicks' and 'dicks,' 'therapist' and 'the rapist.'

Scroll down below to see these funny fails and more for yourself!

#1

What Style Of Massage Is This?

What Style Of Massage Is This?

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SamkhyaGhosh
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5 years ago

:P

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#2

Another Reminder That Yes, Fonts And Kerning Matter

Another Reminder That Yes, Fonts And Kerning Matter

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Delta
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5 years ago

This is from Grand Theft Auto 5

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#3

I'm Sorry, What's Broken?

I'm Sorry, What's Broken?

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JackopSkaličan
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5 years ago

letter spacing is totally right in this picture..

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#4

Badly Misspelled Name

Badly Misspelled Name

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SagaaboyzR
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5 years ago

I wonder how the worker would call him after the beverage is ready to serve.

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#5

Spacing Is Important

Spacing Is Important

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MounawarAbbouchi
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5 years ago

Kids Exchange doesn't sound any better.

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#6

My Math Teacher Also Taught Us The Importance Of Kerning

My Math Teacher Also Taught Us The Importance Of Kerning

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AlexOldroyd
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5 years ago

Umm... excuse me teacher?

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#7

Bull Titan Us

Bull Titan Us

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AnjellyDaxMacWynn
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5 years ago

Whyyyyy?! This may be the worst!

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#8

Space Bar, You Had One Job

Space Bar, You Had One Job

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Maureen Mower
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4 years ago

Why was Donald Trump the first person I thought of when I read that sign?

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#9

Hey Walmart... Kerning Is Important

Hey Walmart... Kerning Is Important

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BarbaraConover
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5 years ago

Holly Monsen's comment is funny as the original

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#10

Worst Tart Ever

Worst Tart Ever

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BenFowler
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5 years ago

Fake. California plates max out at 7 letters/numbers.

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#11

Bad Kerning, Good 'shrooms

Bad Kerning, Good 'shrooms

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Maureen Mower
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4 years ago

Well, if you think about where mushrooms grow, it's not that far off.

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#12

My Aunt In The Philippines Made A Nice Birthday Cake For My Relative Curt

My Aunt In The Philippines Made A Nice Birthday Cake For My Relative Curt

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KristyStaples
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5 years ago

That's a cursive lowercase "r", sorry kids, doesn't look like an "n" ... do they even teach cursive anymore (some one called it old font, lmao, cute) ?

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#13

Sign Above The Megaflicks Store

Sign Above The Megaflicks Store

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LeilaniGribner
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5 years ago

Mega fucks were given at that store...

AnastaciaBurns
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5 years ago

LOL I lived 15 miles from that store. It's been gone for years now. Too bad this pic was taken during the day, because when it was lit up at night it was awesome!! XD

Maureen Mower
Community Member
4 years ago

If someone were to spray paint the word "one" between that sign and the next, it would be even more interesting... "Megaf**ks"... One.... Dollar ;)

Dianna
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9 months ago

Is that what they're selling or does it describe the employees?

Yahno Edgewater
Community Member
4 years ago

I heard they also sold sex movies so? Explains the words

karenza
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5 years ago

i'll have some of those please

rurush
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5 years ago

maybe because the picture is taken from that side

BethanyHill
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5 years ago

I don't get it

MichelleCharles
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5 years ago

Megafucks

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CarolMcClellan
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5 years ago

that would be very bad

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#14

Maybe They Should Pick A Different Font Next Time

Maybe They Should Pick A Different Font Next Time

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Lala
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5 years ago

...the sequel to Wuthering Heights.

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#15

Lego Click Brick

Lego Click Brick

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PalomaLaFéministe
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5 years ago

no lowercase d is that stretched out. I saw click.

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#16

Ooh Errr

Ooh Errr

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SusannaVesna
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5 years ago

The North remembers!

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#17

Lightpost In The Way = Very Awkward Abbreviation!

Lightpost In The Way = Very Awkward Abbreviation!

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MichaelWilliamson
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5 years ago

In the Commonwealth, "ass." is association, "arse" is the posterior. So this is only funny to Americans and some Canadians.

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#18

Fast Food

Fast Food

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AnielaMarie
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5 years ago

Hahaha iv eaten here after many nights out.. it doesn't suck ;)

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#19

Somehow I'm Not Surprised They Went Out Of Business

Somehow I'm Not Surprised They Went Out Of Business

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JeffreySnyder
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5 years ago

Delivered fast & cheap!

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#20

Falmouth Based Company Pendennis... Getting In Wrong

Falmouth Based Company Pendennis... Getting In Wrong

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JoséGinésJiménezNoguera
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5 years ago

It's not the "I" photoshopped, as Marcia says, but part of the "D"

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#21

A Traditional Barber Shop

A Traditional Barber Shop

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FrédéricEeckman
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5 years ago

Excision shop :/

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#22

Letter Spacing Can Make All The Difference

Letter Spacing Can Make All The Difference

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FrederickPortillo
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5 years ago

think the employee that posted the letters for this sign was trying to pull a "fhritp"?

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#23

Erm? No Thanks..

Erm? No Thanks..

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Peri Dot
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3 years ago

welcome to the modern world

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#24

Wtf? What Does This Asian Restaurant In Germany Offer?

Wtf? What Does This Asian Restaurant In Germany Offer?

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CindyLou-Who
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5 years ago

An Asian Restaurant supposedly in Germany........... that writes in American /English

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#25

Experience Anu's Passion!

Experience Anu's Passion!

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Winter
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1 year ago

oh WeLL WhaT A FAILURE HUH

#26

For Those Whose Needs Go Beyond Justice Cream Alone

For Those Whose Needs Go Beyond Justice Cream Alone

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JackopSkaličan
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5 years ago

from this angle its very questionable

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#27

They Pay You To Buy Them!

They Pay You To Buy Them!

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AgogohomeAgogohome
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4 years ago

BUY 1, GET 1 50% OFF.... Spacing looks perfectly okay to me.

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