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Jan Erdmann's picture
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A couple of days ago I watched a documentary on archaeologists digging in Egypt. They had pre-printed forms to take notes. Now, take a guess what the pre-printed font on those forms was. (hint: If they’d been digging in Switzerland it would have been Helvetica.)

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Hahaha .. Papyrus ?!

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I doubt it was Egyptienne.

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Since long ago Egypt was a British colony, I would suggest Gill Sans. It's seen a lot of use on forms and the like in Britain.

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I know! It was this!

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Egizio?

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On the subject of which, I always snigger when I see covers of this publication on the shelf of my local WHSmith.
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Cairo? Karnak? Memphis? (Or FF Dig!?)

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Oh, that magazine could do with some "minor" touch-ups!

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It was Papyrus (of course).

Egyptienne would probably be on the forms of archaeologists digging in London for remains of the 19th century.

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(of course)

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The Latin name of Egypt is Aegyptus, which is nothing like papyrus.

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Nick, of course because it’s on every computer.
(My Helvetica-hint may have been a bit misleading.)
Egyptienne doesn’t walk like an Egyptian today like it did 200 (?) years ago.
For the amateur typographer Papyrus does.
Archaeologists should know about the egyptian fashion hype in the 19th century but a slab just doesn’t look egyptian today.

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I don't know who this guy is, but he seems pretty angry.

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And I thought this page was critical of Papyrus:

http://modernl.com/article/5-terrible-fonts-that-you-should-not-use-in-p...