Portal through which to view our world of the day: Wingdings

Not hearting NYC..

Human society is great – we can create controversy out of anything! For the font nerds among us, remember this debacle from the ’90s?

From the Wikipedia entry on Wingdings:

Wingdings has a history of controversy. In 1992, only days after the release of Windows 3.1, it was discovered that the character sequence “NYC” in Wingdings was rendered as a skull and crossbones symbol, Star of David, and thumbs up gesture. This could be interpreted as a message of approval of killing Jews, especially those from New York City. Microsoft strongly denied this was intentional, and insisted that the final arrangement of the glyphs in the font was largely random. (The character sequence “NYC” in the later-released Webdings font, in turn, is rendered as eye, heart, and city skyline, which could be interpreted as “I Love New York“. Microsoft has stated that this is intentional.)[2]



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