Britain once banned "confusing" serif fonts amid fears that they were too difficult to read - but the change was repealed mere hours after it was passed, due to a loophole regarding simplicese (a term used to describe sans-serif on the basis that the name 'lineal' refers to lines, whereas, in reality, all typefaces are made of lines, including those that are not lineals).

In a later admission, the home secretary revealed that he had stopped the serifs, but couldn't stop the simplices.

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